Halloween is the contraction of All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Day. A hallow is a person recognized for his or her exceptional degree of holiness or closeness to God. Halloween is observed on the eve of All Saints’ Day on October 31.
Halloween evokes scary images. People perpetuate the holiday’s mystique by dressing up in costumes that may include ghosts, goblins, vampires, witches, and more. Even as people adorn themselves, they may dress up their house or business as well. You can drive through neighborhoods or browse retail establishments and see décor that ranges from cute and clever to downright macabre.
If you’re a cigar lover, you can reflect your passion in your Halloween decorations with these ideas:
- Jack-o’-lantern – This decoration is symbolic of Halloween. It is carved out of a pumpkin and named after that strange flickering light over peat bogs. It is prepared by cutting off the top of the pumpkin and saving it to be used as the lid. The flesh of the pumpkin is scooped out and a face is carved in the surface of the pumpkin to expose the hollow inside. A light source, such as a candle, is placed inside the pumpkin before replacing the lid. The result is an eerie sight of a hollow face with illuminated eyes and mouth. The jack-o’-lantern is placed on doorsteps and windowsills with the intention of delighting or scaring people—or both. To give your jack-o’-lantern a personal and humorous touch, try placing a cigar in its mouth.
- Foam skull smoking a cigar – This Halloween decoration (available for purchase on the Internet) is sure to jolt your visitors. The foam skull wears a top hat and is smoking a cigar. The two eyes and the flame at the tip of the cigar are battery-operated red lights.
- Skeleton reaper with a cigar – This hanging skeleton gives the illusion of floating when it is placed in a dark area in the yard. Wearing a black hat and cape and suspended in the dark with flashing red eyes and a lighted cigar in its mouth, this eerie creation will keep trick-or-treaters on edge.