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  1. Oct 2021
    1. Rachel Quednau is the program director for Strong Towns, an urban planning think tank focused on incremental development. She writes that Spirit Halloween's business model is based on utilizing otherwise unusable retail space. "Today's Spirit is pretty much a bottom-feeder business that works only at the expense of other stores," Quednau writes. "If there weren't vacant storefronts, this business wouldn't exist."

      This is awfully inflamatory. Why exactly is this company a bottom-feeder? How does it work at others' expense? It's utilizing an underutilized resource and providing some income to landlords that they otherwise wouldn't have.

      That I can see there's nothing bad or predatory about what they're doing. If they didn't have physical space, they would (and probably are) sell directly online or pay larger rents in other spaces.

      Thousands of pumpkin patches and Christmas tree lots follow the same pattern for ages.

  2. Nov 2016
    1. Some blocks in my neighborhood are getting downright spooky – front yards are filling with spider webs and tombstones, and ghosts peek through the bushes.

      The american way for setting up for the holiday known as Halloween.

  3. Oct 2016
    1. Try “Hine pumpkin” to see cheerier photographs by legendary documentary photographer Lewis W. Hine.

      happier art

    2. Baldung witches” to see a number of the German Renaissance painter Hans Baldung’s ghoulish drawings
    3. “caprichos” will lead you to Francisco Goya’s legendary series of prints, rife with witches, demons

      more art

    4. Henry Fuseli’s famous “Nightmare,”

      haloween art

    5. search for “Day of the Dead” to find images of calacas

      different sections with phostos from each place before 1800

    6. celebrate the season, there are thousands of suitably macabre images in the Artstor Digital Library

      museum for halloween images all over,

    7. Brazil, Dia de Finados(“Day of the Dead”) is celebrated on November 2

      different day but same celebration

    8. Guatemalans build and fly giant kites
    9. Mexico is known as Día de los Muertos, “Day of the Dead,”

      Honor the dead in Mexico

    10. Roman Catholic heritage, All Saints Day and All Souls Day (November 2)

      different day for a different religion with a different reason.

    11. The evening before All Saints Day was referred to as All Hallows’ Eve, which eventually became Halloween.

      They honor the saints in celtic religion

    12. stems from the Celtic harvest festival of Samhain (roughly, “summer’s end”) held on October 31–November 1, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes

      celtic halloween

    13. The evening before All Saints Day was referred to as All Hallows’ Eve, which eventually became Halloween.

      Halloween has celtic roots

    14. Americans celebrate Halloween on October 31 by trick-or-treating, displaying jack-o’-lanterns (carved pumpkins) on their porches or windowsills, holding costume parties, and sharing scary stories.

      town showing haloween spirit by decorating

  4. Oct 2014
    1. The Nonnein Board also became a political interface between the spirit and earthly realms and by 1979 there were, in local government, several deceased politicians defending the social rights of both living and dead constituents. This wasn't without some controversy, as right-leaning politicians expressed concern at the idea of dead people immigrating to the UK and taking the jobs of the living.