Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 10-31 Halloween

Click here to download Halloween Card
October 31st is, of course, Halloween or Hallowe'en, short for All Hallow's Evening.  This yearly celebration started out as a Christian feast day to remember the dead - especially saints, martyrs and faithful dead believers. The Roman Catholic Church Christianized the old Gaelic pagan festival Samhain, although some academics argue that Halloween originated independently of the pagan Samhain and has solely Christian roots. Whatever the case, the association of Halloween with tricks, treats, pranks, costumes, monsters and general scariness seems to hark back more to the pagan festival which was once celebrated by building fires in the dark and wearing frightening masks in order to frighten away the ghosts of any unsettled dead that might be walking around the evening before All Saints Day.

Nowadays Halloween seems to be more about dressing up and eating candy for the kids and dressing up slutty for adults going to parties than it is about any religious observance. Most churches these days like to offer an alternative "harvest" party for their young people to de-emphasize the "evil" associations that go with Halloween.  Send your sweetheart a Happy Halloween Card to let her know you're willing to scare off any ghosts for her and that she's your "greatest" pumpkin.

Just click on the caption below the picture of the pumpkin.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs.  Download the file. Don't try to print the file from within Google Docs. I use a lot of fonts and Google Docs doesn't seem to like them very much.  Instead, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you prefer.  Print the card from there and it should be fine.

This is a side fold card, so when you print it, be sure to select "landscape" and if you have two-sided printing, choose "flip on the short side" so that the inside of the card is the same way up as the outside.

Don't forget to write something sweet inside for your best girl - something more than just your name. And heaven help you, don't forget to sign it. 

© 2013 by Tom King 

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