Today, ReStockIt turns 9, and in true ReStockIt fashion, we lived it up! We celebrated with a masquerade theme of “Dress to the Nines” and had food catered by Carraba’s. MMMMMmmmm, good! We had a fun and fabulous “Guess Who” game with baby pictures of the staff (I won!) and a great costume contest (I came in 2nd!). Food, fun, and fabulousness, that’s the ReStockIt way! Enjoy!
Wednesday is Halloween, a night for fun and candy. Little ghouls and ghosties, along with their (hopefully costumed) parents will dominate the streets in neighborhoods across the country. Except for the trick or treater’s going to malls, then this blog doesn’t apply. Safety is the name of the game, even with visions of Jolly Rancher’s dancing in little heads everywhere.
When you’re strolling through the neighborhood with kids running amok everywhere you look, lighting is crucial. If it’s too dark, a person could stumble and fall, or trip over a dragging sack of candy and turn an ankle. This is definitely NOT something that you want to do, so I suggest a great flashlight to light your way.
When we were kids, the last thing we wanted to carry was flashlights. They didn’t really match the costume and they interfered with our candy loot, because you couldn’t hoist a ten pound pillowcase full of candy while juggling the big silver flashlight from your dad’s tool box. When glow sticks came around, we jumped on those, first because they were so cool, and second because you could incorporate them into your costume.
This Halloween, stock up on glow sticks, flashlights, glow in the dark costumes…whatever you need to keep yourself illuminated and safe out on the street, even if it doesn’t match what you’re wearing. Don’t forget to donate candy to me here at ReStockIt (our address is on the website) and please be safe!
October is my favorite month, hands down. Temperatures are dropping (or the humidity, as is the case in Florida) and its getting cooler. Leaves are either turning or turned, and best of all; Halloween is at the end of the month. I prepare for Halloween like most people prepare for the December holidays.
At ReStockIt, we get into the Halloween spirit. All of our departments are decorated to the nth degree, and we have a bunch of games and a party on the big day. Usually the week of Halloween is filled with pumpkin carving contests, trivia games centered around Halloween trivia (or scary movies), and other party games.
In the spirit of Halloween, today’s trivia will be all about October! Enjoy!
- In Roman times, October was the eighth month of the Roman calendar, which is how it got its name.
- Our Canadian friends to the north celebrate their Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October
- Alaska became an American territory on October 18th, 1867
- President Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor on October 28, 1886.
- On October 1, 1896, free rural delivery of mail started in the United States.
- Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- Book Month
- Dessert Month
- Pizza Month
So I’ve noticed that on Wednesday’s, I tend to get a little goofy. It’s the halfway point of the week, Friday is over the horizon and in sight, and there is a faint celebratory mood. No matter how much you love your job, Friday is still something to look forward to. I’d like to think that wacky trivia Wednesday is also something to look forward to!
We love weird information at ReStockIt, and I love compiling it. Don’t judge; my useless knowledge of trivia has won me many a free item! There’s nothing like getting a pop trivia quiz at Starbucks and winning your Venti Pumpkin Spice Latte. Everyone knows that its fall when Starbucks brings back the Pumpkin Spice Latte…
In honor of October, and Halloween, I bring you some spookilicious trivia to commemorate! Enjoy!
- Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips and potatoes to keep away spirits and ghosts on Samhain holiday
- Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America (love me some Tootsie Rolls!)
- The ancient Celts thought that spirits and demons roamed the countryside on Samhain. They began wearing masks to avoid being recognized as humans
- There is actually a Count Dracula Society. It was formed in 1962 by Dr. Donald A. Reed.
- The iconic Michael Meyers mask from the movie “Halloween” is just a mask of William Shatner from Star Trek painted white.
- In the United States, the first citywide celebration was in Anoka Minnesota in 1921.
- Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
- Over $1.5 billion is spent on costumes each year and more than $2.5 billion on other Halloween paraphernalia (three people in particular here at ReStockIt contribute a hefty amount to that 2.5 billion).
- Over 10% of pet owners dress their pets in Halloween costumes
- Trick or treating had its roots in Europe. The custom known as “souling” dates back to the 9th century. On All Soul’s Day which is November 2nd, the poor would walk through the villages and go door to door begging for food. They would be given “soul cakes” which is a type of pastry made from bread and currants. They would promise to pray for dead relatives in return for receiving the “soul cakes”.
Happy Halloween everyone!