Probably the best known monster ever created – Frankenstein’s Monster. Today we celebrate Frankenstein Day on author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly’s birthday, in 1797. 21 years later, in 1818, she wrote Frankenstein…or, as it was called originally, “The Modern Prometheus”. She had a sorted life with a lot of tragedy including three children (basically) dying at birth and her husband dying relatively early in their marriage. She did have one child that survived named Percy. She wrote a number of other works, none as famous though as Frankenstein.
How to celebrate – Read Frankenstein, or “The Modern Prometheus” which is notably different from what the movies turned her book into. Find out what other stories Shelly wrote. Read about Shelly’s life as it is a story in itself.
You know, there might have been a time when Halloween was considered bizarre but not really so much anymore. What is bizarre is if you don’t know October 31st is Halloween. It originally was a day set aside for driving evil spirits from your life but today it’s really all about the candy and the costumes. This Halloween is likely to be different from past Halloweens but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be fun. And as long as we keep it fun, not taking it too seriously, everybody can enjoy letting their hair down a little. Maybe this year we need Halloween to break up the routine.
How to celebrate – Get a costume ready. Go trick-or-treating. Decorate your house for Halloween.
Ron MacCloskey of Westfield, New Jersey placed Frankenstein Friday on the last Friday of October in 1997 to have some fun. To, in a way, start Halloween before Halloween starts. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote Frankenstein back in 1818 at the age of 21. Her creature was different from the one we now celebrate, it’s up to you whether the newer version is better or the older one. Either way, today, or maybe tonight, you should celebrate Frankenstein because it would be a monstrous shame if you didn’t.
How to celebrate – Dress up like Frankenstein. Read “Frankenstein”. Watch old Frankenstein movies.
Talk about being born bad. Most of the world considers the black cat as an omen of bad luck and with Halloween coming on, if you are a black cat you’d better be careful! Not all places believe black cats are unlucky, Great Britain, Egypt and Japan consider the black cat a sign of good luck. I wonder if cats even know what color they are? And if so, do they even care? A cat is a cat no matter what color they are. Any luck they bring, good or bad, is not because of the cat. Don’t abuse animals. They don’t care what color you are so why should you be worried about what color they are.
How to celebrate – Adopt a black cat. (They are the least likely to get adopted). Defy superstitions today! Have a Happy Halloween.
October 10th National Costume Swap Day
Ah, I’m not to sure I want to co-operate with this day all that much. First, who are you changing your costume with and have they already been wearing their costume and gotten it all sweaty. If you are a man you might look good in that French Maid outfit (But probably not). And if you are a woman, well I guess Jason just doesn’t make sense at all. Of course, this is not just for Halloween. You can swap theatre costumes, or if you work for a theme park I guess you could change any costumes you might be required to wear. Today was created by GreenHalloween.org.
How to celebrate – Find someone to change costumes with. Wear a generic costume so anyone can use it. Make sure whoever you trade costumes with is close to your size, otherwise there could be a problem.
In case you have been living under a rock for a few decades, tonight is Halloween. It has it’s traditions dating back to Pagan festivals but we really don’t consider those anymore. It is a huge, sort of, holiday. (We don’t actually get time off for it) Many rank it second only to Christmas. It can be fun, those little scares that get the heart pumping. However we must remember, those evils that are often created for Halloween do not really exist. Real scares are driving on the highways anymore! It’s fun to dress up, takes kids around to get candy and if you are like me, it’s a great time to decorate your yard outrageously! I do go a bit overboard. There is no harm in having good, clean fun, but don’t over do it. Scares are meant to last seconds, not a lifetime.
How to celebrate – Go trick-or-treating. Dress up for Halloween. Decorate your house or maybe, even make a haunted house!
Oct. 26th National Pumpkin Day
The pumpkin has become the symbol of fall, Halloween and is
now put into every kind of food or drink imaginable. Pumpkin is actually a
squash, okay… a really big squash and is believed to be native to North America,
perhaps as old as 9,000 years. Seeds have been found in Mexico that date back
to 7,000 B.C. Today is celebrated by carving pumpkins, building machines that
throw pumpkins and in chunking pumpkins (If that is such a thing). Now they
have made pumpkins into everything but my favorite is still pumpkin pie. It has
become a huge part of Thanksgiving, Halloween and fall in general.
How to celebrate – Visit a pumpkin patch. Make some sort of
pumpkin dish for your family. Plant pumpkin seeds.
With Halloween coming this seems like a logical day to celebrate. It was created by Ron MacCloskey to celebrate Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly who wrote Frankenstein in 1818 when she was 21. He has terrorized the world ever since! There have been rumors that Frankenstein might have been based on some real activities taking place during Shelly’s lifetime. Either that, or wow, what an imagination! (Particularly for that era) Mary had an interesting life and continued to write though most of her other efforts are not as well recognized. Frankenstein has changed over the years, now it’s more about the monster than about creating him, as it was in the original novel. Considering the real monsters we have in the world today, Frankenstein seems harmless, though he still scares us. Since 1818, we have learned how to harvest human organs for use in other people than originally intended for. It sort of shows that maybe Frankenstein wasn’t as far fetched as they would have thought back in the early 1800’s.
How to celebrate – Read the original, “Frankenstein”. Try to find Mary Shelly’s other works. Get ready for Halloween!
Sept. 28th National Ghost Hunting Day
You might think this would fall better in October when the spirits are a little more active but in all honesty if there are spirits around, they are always there. This day always falls on the last Saturday of September, getting us ready for Halloween. Scarefest starts with a shot-gun blast in Lexington, Kentucky sometime after dark. Lets hope that the shot-gun blast doesn’t add to the ghosts we are hunting. Make sure you want to find what you are looking for if you find it because in the case of a ghost, it might be a little hard to get rid of.
How to celebrate – Visit Lexington, Kentucky. Look for good
ghost locations near you. Learn about the ghosts near your home, make sure you
want to seek them out.
Wow, there are a ton of Frankenstein days during the year. Seems like most of them come around Halloween, I can’t imagine why? They each have their own reason for being created but I believe today has one of the top reasons. Today was the day Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the author and creator of Frankenstein was born. August 30th, 1797. Did you have any idea that Frankenstein was created back in 1818? Of course the monster we celebrate today is quite different from the one she wrote about. She still gets the credit though. And well she should, if she had not created the monster we would never have had it in our lives. It does sort of make you wonder though, what monsters were running around in her head in 1818?
How to celebrate – Throw Mary a belated birthday party. Read Shelley’s original “Frankenstein”. Dress up like Frankenstein.