While we carved pumpkins last night my husband asked where "Jack O' Lanterns" came from and I told him about an old Irish Myth. My facts were a little murky and my husband was laughing at me ("What? Seriously? You know the story?") Of course I know the story - that's my bag, man!
Since you might be interested in a few interesting tidbits as well I'll give you my two favorites:
Find out how Jack O' Lantern managed to irritate both god and the devil.
Regarding witches - well I can't find a singular resource so I'll have to do my own little rehash of something I heard a few years back. (NPR?)
Essentially it goes like this - what we now call witches were more like ancient healers and people trained in natural brews, concoctions, herbal remedies, etc. Before the Roman Church took over the brewing reigns Celts and other early civilizations did their fair share of brewing. Ok, long story very, very short - beer was sold at the markets and in order to stand out/be easy to find it is thought that the brewers, often women, wore tall hats that could be seen about the crowd, hence a tall, pointed witch hat. The pointed style of the hat could be attributed to the style of the day, or the type of hat typically worn by someone in that specific industry - not sure. Either way the tall, pointed hat was like an early neon sign - "Beer Here!".
Recently Em and I were discussing this whole thing while he was making a homebrew and was preparing the "wort". I remarked that perhaps this is where the idea of witches having "warts" came from. Perhaps. No idea if that is true but interesting to ponder.
Eventually and obviously witches and herbal-based healers got a bad reputation and along with it went their garb. The stigma stayed attached and the witches hat became a symbol of that stigma, more so than its original and actual use.
On to the weekend reads/links!
Spider Cookies from Sweetapolita
Amazing Ghost Cake from I Am Baker
Scary Silhouette Cake also from I am Baker
Day of the Dead Skulls from Vosges
High Class Halloween
Modern day Red Riding Hood from Mrs Lilien
Heirloom Quality Papercut from Mr.Yen - use it again and again!
More autumn than Halloween - but there are pumpkins and eye candy - Inspired Room
A Classy Gothic Wedding - The Sweetest Occasion
Have you scared up some crafty ideas this year? Have a happy Halloween, Autumn-Filled Weekend!