I hear they are making another Halloween movie.  I believe this one is number 5 if I am not mistaken.  Well, I saw the original with Jamie Lee Curtis, a true horror classic, when I was 10 and I think they probably should have stopped there. None of the others have even come close to the first in any horror film rating category you can think of.

I hear they are making another Halloween movie.  I believe this one is number 5 if I am not mistaken.  Well, I saw the original with Jamie Lee Curtis, a true horror classic, when I was 10 and I think they probably should have stopped there. None of the others have even come close to the first in any horror film rating category you can think of.

I suppose the same could be said for many of the trick or treating experiences that many of us had as a kid – those “original” years before our teens, something say between the ages of 4 and 10, are unmatched in our memories of Halloween…as we get older, naturally the holiday takes on a very different flavor.  But I can still remember those amazing years of going door to door with all manner of neighbors, friends, cousins and parents of course.  I think when I was going in the ’70s; parents sometimes didn’t even accompany kids in the immediate neighborhood, something that would never happen today.  Now that I have children, the fun of dressing up myself and collecting too much candy has been replaced by the joy of seeing them do so.  Last year, my then 4-year-old son went as a Ninja and my 2-year-old daughter as a pumpkin.  Precious.  Haven’t decided what their Halloween costumes will be this year yet but that will be taken care of before too long.

It’s a lot of fun for me to witness the joy kids get out of going trick-or-treating and I am fortunate enough to live in that rare neighborhood in LA that fosters that type of Halloween spirit.  In fact, over half of the houses in our area participate in Halloween – signaled primarily by a lit front porch.  So I feel very fortunate in that regard.

I have heard that the origins of Halloween or as some say “All Hallows Eve,” go all the way back to the Roman feast of Pomona (no, they did not come to Southern California), but the tradition seems to have gained steam in the late 1700s in northern Europe, where apparently children still have to do something, such as sing a song, to earn their treats.  That would never work in the U.S., right?!  It does seem that Halloween is one of the oldest holidays outside of Christmas, so it’s fun to be a part of something with such an interesting history.  I envision children early in the history of our country coming up with some pretty interesting and original Halloween costumes – as well as ways to “earn” their treats.  I imagine many of them had to travel a fair distance – probably on horseback for the most part, from door to door, so it must have been a lot of work back then.  And remember, there wasn’t much candy at that time either!

And since we adults have replaced going trick-or-treating with throwing a Halloween party, we at Cultured Living wanted to make sure to offer plenty of interesting Halloween decorations with which to spoil ourselves – a form of candy to be sure!  So please check out our Halloween decor today.  Treat yourself!

Lorena Johnson

Ecommerce Manager