Tribute Thursday: The Origin of Halloween

Ola my sexies!

I know it’s quite the controversial topic, but I’ve always wondered, where did Halloween originate from?

According to many people, websites and books, Halloween (which is celebrated on October 31st) originated with the Celtics sometime in the 16th century and back then was called Samhain.

Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. Most commonly it is held on 31 October–1 November, or halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. Along with Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasadh it makes up the four Gaelic seasonal festivals.

So although it is a well-known American holiday, Halloween has Gaelic origins. “Americans have fostered them, and are making this an occasion something like what it must have been in its best days overseas. All Halloween customs in the United States are borrowed directly or adapted from those of other countries” – Ruth Edna Kelley author of The Book of Hallowe’en (1919).

Halloween is also thought to have been influenced by the Christian holy days of All Saints’ Day (also known as All Hallows, Hallowmas or Hallowtide) on November 1 and All Souls’ Day on November 2. They are a time for honoring the saints and praying for the recently departed who had yet to reach Heaven. Who’d have known?

Soooo did you go trick or treating?

Even if you’re too old, it’s still fun….

Happy Halloween peeps!

♥Cherry♥

WTF Wednesday: Horrifying Halloween Costumes

HAPPY HALLOWEEN MY DARLINGS!!

Cherry von Dagger wishing a Happy Halloween

Hope you’re all dressed up in your scariest costumes, ready for a day of trick or treating and scaring the crap out of little kids and old ladies alike.

I’ve decided to post a few pics of Halloween costumes gone wrong and ones that ARE just wrong!

Like I mentioned before, some people just look like they’ve fallen into a tub of paint and called it a “Halloween Costume”… bitch please! Effort is key. Even if it’s just a little bit.

SO here is Cherry von Dagger’s Halloween DON’Ts:

Please, please PLEEEEEASE don’t dress like this tonight. For your sake and for others. For the sake of humanity and for the children. Just don’t.

Have a happy Halloween and I hope you all get fat and fabulous from all the candy and booze!

Love y’all!

♥Cherry♥

Manic Monday: Saving the world on Halloween

Good morning my cherries and daggers!

Hope the weekend was amazing and that all your Halloween parties were absolutely fantastic!

WELL everyone asked where I went, what I did and what I dressed up as, so here is your answer:

Me dressed up as Supergirl for Halloween

Obviously not a lot of effort was made, but since I ALWAYS go all out, I tried to be a little different this year!

Oh and as you noticed, I also went blonde…

Change is as good as a holiday, no?

Anyway, so Saturday I went and had my hair done, went home, got ready and off to The Doors in Edenvale we went.

The outfits and costumes I saw ranged from millions of Zombies, to scary clowns, to Poison Ivy, a few nuns, a guy with a massive skull head, Beetlejuice, The Joker, the Scream killer, a few transformers and some people that just looked like that fell in paint, but everyone looked all-round awesome!

Wednesday is officially Halloween, so there should be really cool outfits yet to come!

Send me your pics and I’ll post my favourites!

Happy Monday further peeps

♥Cherry♥

Tribute Thursday: The Movie Legends of Halloween

Hey again my darlings!

Today I’m tributing, not the origin of Halloween itself – because there are so many twisted stories out there that I don’t wanna stand on any toes by doing so -, but the legends that have made Halloween what it is today and that’s the slashers of the big screen!

Do you know each one’s story?

Well, you’re lucky I’m here to tell it to you then!

Chucky

Charles Lee “Chucky” Ray is a serial killer and does voodoo for fun and when a cop chases him to a toy store and shoots him, he does a voodoo ritual right before he dies and his soul gets transferred to a “Good Guy” doll, turning him into the cute and loveable little serial killer we all just wanna hug… awwww…

Jason

Jason Voorhees, the son of Pamela Voorhees, was born deformed. He lived with his mother at Camp Crystal Lake (his mother was the camp cook), in the city of Crystal Lake. Jason was bullied incessantly until, in 1957, he tried to prove to the bullies that he could swim and drowned in Crystal Lake… or so they think. Pamela kills a whole bunch of teens to avenge her son, only to get killed eventually. Then, Jason comes back (From living a life as a hillbilly? Chilling with monkeys like Tarzan?) fully grown and out to do what his mother did for him, kill teens. So Sweet.

Michael

Michael Myers was raised in the small, mid-west town of Haddonfield, Illinois. At age 6 Michael murdered his oldest sister, Judith, on Halloween night, because he is a crazy little shit. After being locked up in Smith’s Grove Mental Hospital, Michael (who’s now 21 years old) escapes on October 30. That night he tracks down his baby sister, Laurie Strode (who has been adopted and is oblivious to her violent roots) and proceeds to murder two of her friends. Throughout the entire Halloween series, it’s a cat and mouse game of Michael looking for Laurie, trying to kill her and Laurie trying to run away from him. Eventually he does kill her and he is nowhere to be seen again…

Pinhead

Personally I have no idea who this dude is. I’ve never watched the Hellraiser movies, but apparently Pinhead is the shit. Captain Elliott Spencer became the lead Cenobite (whatever that might be) in 1921 when he opened the Lament Configuration puzzle box. He originally comes to earth to harvest souls. Don’t know how this makes him a badass, but hey.

Freddy

Freddy’s my favourite serial killer, so I’m going to give you his whole story:

In April 1941, a young girl was accidentally locked in the sanitarium of Westin Hills Psychiatric Institute in Springwood over the holidays. The inmates kept her hidden for days. She was raped… hundreds of times. When she was found, she was barely alive. That girl was Amanda Krueger, her child was Freddy – the bastard son of a hundred maniacs.

Frederick Charles Krueger was born in February 1942 and was shifted from one foster home to another throughout his childhood, learning nothing but torment and hatred along the way.

Called Freddy, he was constantly ridiculed for his infamous and brutal conception. It was then he started murdering small animals, and as he grew into adulthood, he turned his masochistic behavior on himself. After suffering abuse from his stepfather for many years, he brutally murdered him with a razor.

Freddy finally returned to his hometown of Springwood and was disgusted to see the picture of a perfect town, full of happy families in their tidy homes. With that jealousy and disgust building up inside him Freddy became one of the most notorious child-killers alive. Finding employment maintaining the boilers at an old steam-plant on the outskirts of town, Freddy would settle down and have a family of his own, all the time plotting his revenge upon life itself.

Whilst working in the plant he went on to construct the first of his imfamous 6 inch bladed gloves. Made from and old glove and four razor sharp blades that he attached to the glove with interlocking metal sections and rivets he began his killing spree, known as the Springfield Slasher. From 1975-1977 he kidnapped and murdered 23 children.

Freddy’s downfall came when his wife discovered the bladed glove and a multiple of newspaper clipping about the child murders in their basement. Despite her tearful assurances that she would not tell what she knew, the paranoid Freddy would go on to throttle his wife in front of his horrified daughter.

Soon afterwards, Freddy was arrested and charged with the murders of his wife and the missing children of the town. However, in their haste, the bungling officers forgot to read Freddy his rights, he was unexpectedly freed on a technicality.

Seeing the threat he posed, the court placed his daughter in an orphanage.

The enraged parents of Springwood, OH then took the law into their own hands. They followed Krueger to a building where he took his victims and ignited it with gasoline into a raging inferno. However, no one expected the end result of this act. Freddy’s soul was so corrupt that it was decided he could be of use to dream demons imprisoned in hell. When he was promised eternal life in the world of dreams, Freddy could hardly refuse. Ever since that night, Krueger has taken his revenge on the parents of Springwood by stalking their children through their dreams. Each time he is able to twist what would seem to be a normal dream into his own brutal imagination’s delight of terror. Some children have escaped thinking they have defeated him, only to have him rise again sometime later. There is only one documented case of Krueger meeting his match. While in hell, he was able to awaken Jason Voorhees, of Camp Crystal Lake infamy. Freddy was then able to use Jason to strike fear into the kids of Elm Street. This plan backfired when the masked killer could not be shut down. This led to a big confrontation both in the dream and real world. Freddy still lingers in the pits of hell with no indication if or when he will return.

Hope you enjoyed my tribute to the greatest Slashers of all time!

Happy Thursday

♥Cherry♥

WTF Wednesday: Dafuq should I wear for Halloween??

Good morning peeps!

So 2 days till the Halloween parties start! BUT Halloween itself is 6 days away. Not sure how you celebrate it where you live, but where I live it’s partay time on Saturday night!

This was me last year Halloween (2011), I was a Silent Hill zombie nurse

If you’re anything like me, you love dressing up because you’re awesome or, like in my case, sure that you are a drag queen that was lucky enough to get the body of a hot chick (lol).

So you’re like “Oh Cherry I dunno what to wear this Halloween and I don’t have much time, help me, help me!”, well fear not pretty little cherries and daggers, your queen is here to save you!

I’ve decided that I’m going to write a blog on 4 cool Halloween outfits I think you guys should dress up as, if you want to… and stuff:

Spongebob Squarepants (or some other Nickelodeon character):

About 2 years ago I met a guy at a party who dressed as Spongebob. He looked insanely awesome! Only thing with that and the venue we were in, is that it was hot as HELL and the poor dude couldn’t see where he was walking, it was a disaster, but it still looked insane. SO if you’re just there for the cash prize, go for it. If you’re aiming for comfort, stay away…

Edward Scissorhands (or another Tim Burton creation):

Another super awesome look is Edward (not the sparkly one), but also very uncomfortable if you’re planning on drinking. Also be sure to get rubber knives and shit, we don’t want anyone losing an eye because of your costume. Tim Burton Characters are also cool for chicks, like there’s the Corpse Bride, Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas and The Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland.

Disney Princesses (and other fairytale creatures):

In no way do I like Kim Kardashian, but this little ensemble is just too cute! I love all things Disney and fairy-tale like and being a Disney princess for a day is just awesome!! You can decide if you wanna sex it up or be conservative. The only thing with an outfit like that is that it’s gonna be expensive to hire.

Go as a household item or toiletry (like towels, tampons, an iron)

LOL, I would never!!! But some people have the balls to pull it off and they’re generally a hit at parties and people love them (especially if you’re sanitary items, of course). ALSO hot as hell, but hey, you’re just there for the best dressed award, aren’t ya?

It’s simple really.

  • If you wanna be sexy, do something sexy. Normally lingerie and a pair of ears does the job for most girls.
  • If you wanna be scary, do something scary. One of the scariest things I’ve seen is the butler from Rocky Horror Picture Show. Also Frankenstein and if you wanna NOT stand out, zombies and mummies are good too.
  • Go to the nearest party shop in your area and browse the catalogues or browse the shelves, you’ll find shit from an Egyptian king to a Sailor girl.

Hope I helped in your quest for the PERFECT Halloween costume!

Love you guys!

♥Cherry♥

Manic Monday: 65 Days Till Halloween

Hello again my sexies!

Sorry for the late post. My pc has now decided that it doesn’t like wordpress.com and will give me endless grief whenever I feel like posting something here. So THANK YOU COMPUTER! You’re awesome, truely, you are.

Anyway back to the topic. Did you know it’s only 65 days till Halloween?

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Well you do now!

So, in South Africa (where I’m from) Halloween isn’t a big deal. Trick or Treating for kids and decorating the house for the “holiday” isn’t done like it is in other countries around the world. There’s no “Trick or Treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat” singing, no little Jersey Shore hooker dressups for kids under the age of 12 or reasons for us to go knocking on people’s doors at the late hours of the night. Unless you want to be scolded or shot.

Basically Halloween in SA is something only a handful of non-conservative teen and 20-somethings celebrate by dressing scary and going to the nearest rock club and win prizes. 

Some people go all out, dressing as the characters from Avatar or Mortal Kombat, some hire costumes, some buy them, some get professional makeup artists to paint zips and scars on them while others simply wear fairy wings and consider themselves “dressed up” and expect to get into clubs for free for their “effort”.

Halloween can be fun if you go the extra mile and make for some killer pictures!

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So, I’m not telling you what I’m dressing as, but hopefully I’ll look awesome enough to post pictures here!

Know what you’re going as yet?

Tell me, I’d love to hear!

♥Cherry♥