Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

THE ‘WILL-O’-THE WISP & the JACK O’ LANTERN – Why we Carve Pumpkins at Halloween…

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

As Halloween is fast approaching it is time for us to get creative with the Pumpkin carving! At the hotel, we are putting our heads together to think of cool images to carve into the pumpkins – we will also love for you to help us out -what kind of cool imagery do you want us to carve into our own Pumpkin? If you have any ideas please let us know and even better, share your photos of the cool carvings you have created for this occasion!

In this blog we will discover the origins of pumpkin carving and as to why we continue this tradition every year.

THE ‘WILL-O’-THE WISP & the JACK O’ LANTERN Connection
The tradition of carving pumpkin has various origins and the most popular in well known folklore are the stories of The Will-O’-the Wisp and Jack O’ Lantern.
The ‘Will-O’-the Wisp’ was created by a natural phenomena that happens to occur when plants are decaying over Swampy or Peat Bog areas and are in the process producing a Phosphorescence Glow .
During the 18th Century tales of folklore were created to personify this ghostly apparition and tales of Pixies and Sprites were soon born to explain what was happening. The Sprite was said to form wispy flames of light around it and would lead foolish travelers astray by luring them towards the swampy bogs – where ultimately some may have gotten themselves stuck in the dark murky swamps.
In Latin the light is known as “Ignis Fatuus” which translates “foolish fire.” The reference of the name “will-o’-the-wisp” has been extended to any impractical or unattainable goal.

On the subject of the Phosphorescence Glow there are many common occurrences of this that you can see for yourself, materials such as Paints, Glow in the dark toys and Clock dials are all examples of a man made material that presents the Phosphorescence glow processes in opposition to the chemical states happening naturally.

The Jack O’ Lantern is related to the Wisp, but in modern times when we follow this tradition the Lantern seems to be a more common phrase that comes to mind.
The origins of this are from Irish and Scottish Myths and Legendary Folklore that come in various incarnations. In short, the tales usually involves a man ‘Jack’ Who has an undesirable trait wether he be stingy or a thief and has played a trick on the devil which never bodes well for his Soul. As punishment, Jack’s Soul after passing is generally to be found in Limbo as the devil agrees too spare it, yet, unbeknownst to Jack it means the soul cannot be entered into Heaven nor can it be let into Hell in part due to his lifestyle decisions and as well as the experience with the devil itself!!!

The images portrayed into the Pumpkins are of a ghoulish nature for these reasons, and over the years that we have traditionally celebrated the tradition, there have been many pranks played into the custom too – so the evolution of some of these Lanterns portray humorous looking Ghouls and imagery.

Below are some Lanterns that were created with some friends on a Halloween excursion to Seattle…..what do you think of them? Cool eh!

Halloween Events during October!

Monday, September 30th, 2013

October is here and that can mean only one thing………..HALLOWEEN!!!

This is a great time of year for kids and adults alike as it is the best time of year for fun dress up! If any of you will be in the area during the festivities and you want to find a good costume, we recommend that you visit DRESSEW on Hastings St, this fabric shop is amazing and will be a great place to find a fab costume for a Halloween Dress-up party. Please get there early as this place will have a huge line up closer to the event!
http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2012/09/halloween-costumes-vancouver-dressew-supply/

HALLOWEEN TOURS

HAUNTED VANCOUVER TROLLEY TOUR
2.5 Hrs of Vancouver Ghost Stories featuring stops at Vancouver Police Museum and Mountain View Cemetery
When: OCTOBER 18th – OCTOBER 31st, 2013 – excluding Sundays and Mondays
http://www.vancouvertrolley.com/tours/seasonal/haunted-halloween

FORBIDDEN VANCOUVER – THE LOST SOULS OF GASTOWN
Take a journey into the cobbled stone streets of Gastown and venture through some of the back alleys on the scary Macabre Journey that will be sure to make your hair stand on end….
http://forbiddenvancouver.ca/home/the-lost-souls-of-gastown/

HALLOWEEN GHOST TRAIN IN STANLEY PARK
Travel through the silver screen into the world of classic horror movies! Take your velvet seat on the Halloween Ghost Train and journey back to a time when moving pictures unearthed the shadows that lay sleeping in the dark recesses of our minds. Awake Dracula! Awake Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Phantom of the Opera. Crawl out from your coffins, slither from your slabs, and ooze out from your tombs! These October nights summon you from darkness.

http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/ghost-train.aspx

Friday, October 11 – Saturday, November 2, 2013
Closed Thanksgiving Monday, October 14
Afternoon matinees
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11:00am – 6:00pm (train only)
Nights
6:00pm – 10:00 pm seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving Monday)

FRIGHT NIGHTS AT THE PNE
Western Canada’s Scariest Haunt – Face your fears. Fright Nights possesses Playland, featuring 6 fright houses, 12 rides, and the freaky sideshow, The Monsters of Schlock.
October 11th to November 2nd
http://www.frightnights.ca/

NIGHTCLUBS-HALLOWEEN PARTIES & EVENTS
For the younger crowd out who are looking for an awesome Nightclub party Halloween Style, click on this link for all the big parties to choose from: http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2013/09/halloween-parties-vancouver-2013/

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Special Events – Vancouver 2013

Friday, April 12th, 2013

We are already more than a quarter a way through 2013 and that means the events calendar is really filling up now.

Listed below are the major events that will be having an effect on the city and the occupancy of the hotel for the rest of the year, be sure to check these dates so you may be aware that there is a higher potential for the hotel to sell out over these days respectively.

VANCOUVER MARATHON
5th MAY Sunday – Booking suggestion 3rd to 5th (Fri to Sun)
http://www.bmovanmarathon.ca/

MOTHERS DAY
12th May Sunday – Booking Suggestion 11th & 12th (Sat & Sun)
http://vancouver.about.com/od/vancouverevents/tp/mothersday.htm

VICTORIA DAY
20th May Monday – Booking Suggestion 17th to 26th
http://vancouver.about.com/od/vancouverevents/tp/mothersday.htm

US MEMORIAL DAY
27th May Monday – Booking suggestion 17th to 27th

CAR FREE VANCOUVER DAY/FATHERS DAY
16th June Sunday
– Booking Suggestion 14th (Friday) to 17th June
http://westendbia.com/index.php?page_id=1124
And for other Car Free Festivals around the City
http://www.carfreevancouver.org/

RIO TINTO DRAGONBOAT FESTIVAL
21st – 23rd June (Friday) – Booking Suggestion 20th (thurs) to 24th
http://dragonboatbc.ca/home/

CANADA DAY
1st July Monday – Booking Suggestion June 30th (Sun)
http://www.canadaday.canadaplace.ca/
and celebrations at Granville Island
http://www.canada-day.ca/vancouver/

US INDEPENDENCE DAY
4th July Thursday Booking Suggestion – 3rd (Weds)

CELEBRATION OF LIGHT FIREWORKS
27th July – Sat
31st July – Weds
4th August – Sat Booking Suggestions 26th July to 5th August
http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/

PRIDE PARADE
4th August Sunday – Booking suggestion 2nd to 5th August
http://www.vancouverpride.ca/Pride2013/
And check out the Davie Village Events listings
http://www.mydavievillage.com/HappeningNow.html

BRITISH COLUMBIA DAY
5th August Monday – Booking Suggestion 2nd to 6th August

LABOUR DAY
2nd Monday September – Booking Suggestion 30th Aug to 3rd September

GRAND FONDO BIKE RACE
7th September Saturday – Booking Suggestion 6th (Friday) to 8th September
http://www.rbcgranfondowhistler.com/

THANKSGIVING (CANADA) – COLUMBUS DAY (US)
14th October Monday – Booking Suggestion 13th (Sunday) to 15th

HALLOWEEN
31st October Thursday – Booking Suggestion Oct 30th (Wednesday) to Nov 1st
http://www.bcliving.ca/entertainment/spooky-halloween-events-in-vancouver-for-the-whole-family

REMEMBERANCE DAY – CANADA (VETERANS DAY – US)
11th November Monday – Booking Suggestion 10th (Sunday) to 14th

US THANKSGIVING
28th November Thursday – Booking Suggestion Nov 27th (Wednesday) to 29th

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