Super Easy Halloween Costume Ideas.

While I may not be American, I am one of those British people who buys into Halloween. I think its because autumn is my favourite time of year and I love anything scary and gothic. I always put in a lot of effort for Halloween but I thought I would give some easy costume ideas, perfect for students at uni to wear to house parties or to clubs.

  1. A Scarecrow. 

     2. A Clown. 

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  3. Nancy from Stranger Things. 

  4. A broken doll. 

    5. A gypsy. 

6. Day of the Dead. 

7. A Mermaid.

8. Mary Poppins. 

9. Miss Piggy. 

I think this year I will go as a clown and buy a brightly coloured skirt and crop top as I am just going to a house party on Halloween night.

Eleanor Elizabeth xx

 

 

Autumn Recipes.

One reason why autumn is my favourite time of year is thanks too the food at this time of year. Whilst I am not good in the kitchen at all, most of these do not need talent and to be honest, my favourite autumn foods are comfort foods which are ready made.

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  1. Apple Pie.
  2. Hot Chocolate with chocolate cookies.
  3. Pumpkin Pie.
  4. Soups with warm white bead with melted butter.
  5. Porridge, melted bananas and peanut butter.
  6. Stew with dumplings.
  7. Cinnamon Buns.
  8. Gingerbread men.
  9. Tosties.
  10. Bailies.

Hope you enjoyed this post! What are your favourite autumn recipes?

Eleanor Elizabeth xx

My Fall Traditions.

My favourite time of year is fast approaching, AUTUMN! I have always been a winter over summer person and love all the traditions that autumn brings with it. Here are my autumn traditions, they might be basic but highly necessary in order for it to feel like autumn.

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  1. Bake and eat an abundance of Apple Pie.
  2. Pumpkin Pie.
  3. Decorate excessively for Halloween.
  4. Watch a sufficient number of Horror movies in order to feel spooked out.
  5. Carve a Pumpkin.
  6. Make homemade soup.
  7. Buy multiple flavours of Hot Chocolate.
  8. Hats, scarfs and gloves with every outfit.
  9. Dark lipsticks.
  10. Bonfire Night with toffee apples and fireworks.
  11. leaves and long, cold walks with the dog.
  12. Jumpers and cosy clothes.
  13. Rainy mornings.
  14. Frost on the grass.
  15. Football.
  16. The Great British Bake Off.
  17. Scented Candles.
  18. Teen movies on sick days.
  19. Warm dinners.

Eleanor Elizabeth xx

Facts I Found Today About…Vampires!

I love autumn and anything spooky, hence when I woke up to the rain this morning It immediately made me excited for everything autumnal, including Halloween. I am a fan of the slightly cheesy vampire books and films, I’m not even ashamed about it! As a History undergrad I wanted to gain more information on the origin of Vampires and folklore, I presumed there presence would be great in the 17th c but I was surprised by a lot of the details involved in the history of vampires.

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  1. The Origin Of Vampires Can Be Traced To Greek Mythology. 

In the story of a young Italian man named Ambrogio and love of his life, Selena. The story includes many features of mainstream vampire tales such as passion, blood-sucking and extreme sun sensitivity.
According to the myth, Ambrogio fell in love with Selena after visiting the legendary Oracle in the temple of Apollo, the sun god. He asked her to marry him, but little did he know the jealous Apollo wanted her for his own. Apollo cursed Ambrogio by causing his skin to burn whenever it was exposed to sunlight.
In desperation, Ambrogio turned to Hades, the god of the underworld, and then Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, for help. After stealing Artemis’s silver bow to fulfil a deal made with Hades, Artemis cursed Ambrogio so silver would burn his skin. She later took pity on him, though, and gave him super strength, immortality, and fangs to kill beasts to use their blood to write love poems to Selena.
Eventually, the mortal Selena escaped Apollo’s grasp and reunited with the immortal Ambrogio. Artemis told Ambrogio he could make Selena immortal by drinking her blood which would kill her body but make her spirit live on. Their combined blood could then turn anyone who drank it into a vampire.

2. The Main Superstition Around Vampires Climaxed In  The 17th Century Eastern Europe. 

The 17th century is notorious for being the height of superstition and fears of vampires is no exception. The accounts about vampires were written by officials such as priest and medical professional. Accounts such as one from 1732, involved numerous unsolved deaths (17) in a village.

3. The Belief In Vampires Centred Around The Graveyard. 

After an unexplained death, graves would sometimes be checked by professionals. There are accounts of bodies still containing running blood or new flesh, indicating the return of life.

4. Vampire Precautions Were Used. 

Following on from the point above, the graveyard and burial of the dead involved safeguarding against vampires. For example, it is thought the grave stone was a way too keep the body in its grave. Coffins were often secured with pins and nails, limbs were severed and sometimes heads were cut off and placed behind the body, in the event of the body returning to life, this way it wouldn’t be able to locate itself. Plus tilted gravestones suggested the body had access in and outside the grave.

5. The Immortality Of Vampires Originates From The Bible. 

In Christianity, blood is life and death is the loss of blood. Hence, Vampires suck blood to regain life and immortality.

This was sort of for my interest but I hope you too enjoyed these facts. Do you have any facts about Vampires?

Eleanor Elizabeth xx