HALLOWE'EN IN TARTAN!

Spooky Weaves for the Season!

Enjoy the vintage seasonal postcards, specialty tartan collection and a bit of mood music!

Mood Music?

Enjoy this special selection of tartans!   

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TARTANS FOR the SEASON OF Samhain!

 

The word Halloween or Hallowe'en dates to about 1745 and is of Christian origin FROM "hallowed evening" or "holy evening."  Modern usage comes from THE  Scottish term for All Hallows' Eve (the evening before All Hallows' Day) in which the word "eve" is contracted to e'en or een.    

 
Some historical researchers speculate that the modern "trick-or-treat" ritual  stems from the Scottish practice of guising, itself a secular version of "souling."  In the Middle Ages, soulers, children and poor adults, would go to local homes and collect food or money in return for prayers said for the dead on All Souls’ Day.
 
Guisers discarded the prayers in favor of less religious performances like jokes, songs, or other “tricks.”
Happy Hallowe'en!

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Royal Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin Spice Season
Oct 3

Tartan design by Deborah Savage

Sunset

Pumpkin Festival Days
Oct 20

Tartan design by Carol A.L. Martin

Nuts and Bolts

Nutting Parties & Nutcrack Night
Oct 22

Tartan design by Carol A.L. Martin

Green Flash

Ghosts & Phantoms Night
Oct 23

Tartan design by Carol A.L. Martin

Dark Grey Wolf

Werewolf Night
Oct 24

Tartan design by Carol A.L. Martin

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Day
Oct 26

Tartan design by Carol A.L. Martin

Black Cat

Black Cat Night
Oct 27

Tartan design by Carol A.L. Martin

Black Magic

Witches' Night Out
Oct 28

Tartan design by Carol A.L. Martin

Witches' Blood

Witches' Night Out
Oct 28

Tartan design by Jonathan Brown

Little Brown Bat

Dracula Bites Night
Oct 29

Tartan design by Carol A.L. Martin

Vampire

Dracula Bites Night
Oct 29

Tartan design by Carol A.L. Martin

Hot Devil

Mischief Night
Oct 30

Tartan design by Carol A.L. Martin

Halloween

Hallowe'en
Oct 31

Tartan design by Carol A.L. Martin

Pumpkin & Spices

Pumpkin Spice Season
Oct 3

The American craze for all things pumpkin spice is a relatively new one, but the arrival of the Pumpkin Spice Latté in Starbucks Coffee Houses is fondly awaited by many as a tasty harbinger of the autumnal holiday season

Pumpkin Patch at Sunset

Pumpkin Festival Days
Oct 20

Famous literary pumpkins include: Cinderella's pumpkin carriage; the Headless Horseman's pumpkin of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Jack Pumpkinhead of The Marvelous Land of Oz; and Feathertop, Nathaniel Hawthorne's gothic tale of a bewitched scarecrow with a pumpkin head!

Party Mix

Nutting Parties & Nutcrack Night
Oct 22

Traditional Hallowe'en party games include romantic fortune-telling using nuts placed on a fire grate.
More modern traditions include Hallowe'en party mix using a classic combination of nuts, cereal squares, and Hallowe'en candy!

Green Flash

Ghosts & Phantoms Night
Oct 23

Green flashes and green rays are rare optical phenomena that occur shortly after sunset or before sunrise, usually observed from a low altitude where there is an unobstructed view of the horizon, such as on the ocean.

Wolf or Werewolf?

Werewolf Night
Oct 24

The magical ability to assume the form and characteristics of a wolf is known as lycanthropism, or lycanthropy. ​ There was no widespread belief in werewolves in medieval Europe before the 14th century, though the concept of animal shape-shifting goes back much further.

Jack-o'-lanterns

Pumpkin Day
Oct 26

Burning candles within turnips, rutabagas (swedes), or even beets are traditional ways of deterring evil spirits on Hallowe'en. In the Americas, pumpkins became the jack-o'-lantern of choice!

Black Cat

Black Cat Night
Oct 27

The folklore surrounding black cats varies from culture to culture, with black cats being reckoned either as harbingers of good fortune or conversely, of bad tidings.

That Old Black Magic!

Witches' Night Out
Oct 28

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred allowing spirits to roam freely.

Weird Sisters

Witches' Night Out
Oct 28

The Three Witches or Weird Sisters are characters in William Shakespeare's Scottish play Macbeth (c. 1603–1607). ​ They prophesy both his ascent to king and subsequent downfall. The darkly contradictory witches, their "filthy" trappings and supernatural activities, all set the ominous tone for the play.

Bat under a full moon

Dracula Bites Night
Oct 29

Bats have long been associated with the mysterious and the supernatural even before Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897) which added the idea that a vampire could shape shift into the form of a bat! In his pursuit and seduction of Lucy, Count Dracula frequently disguises himself in the form of a large bat which flaps at her window.

Dracula & Vampires

Dracula Bites Night
Oct 29

The charismatic vampire of modern fiction was born in 1819 with the highly successful publication of The Vampyre by John Polidori. However, it is Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula which provides the basis of the modern vampire legend and the gaunt, pale undead figure recognized today.

Simplicissimus Illustrierte Wochensc

Mischief Night
Oct 30

Mischief Night, also sometimes known as Devil's Eve is an informal holiday in which historically, children and teens engage in minor devilment and pranks such as ringing false alarms, ringing doorbells and leaving before someone answers, stealing gates, setting fires, and breaking windows!

Jack o'lanterns

Hallowe'en
Oct 31

Ghosts and goblins, jack-o-lanterns and witches, trick-or-treating, and spooky nights - Happy Hallowe'en!