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Uninvited Guest Halloween Jigsaw Puzzle

Halloween is the season for little ghosts and goblins to take to the roads, requesting treat and frightening each other senseless. Spooky stories are told around flames, unnerving films show up in theaters and pumpkins are carefully cut into jack-o’- lanterns.

In the midst of all the  haunted houses, massive amounts of candy and tons of pumpkins, the starting points of Halloween are frequently neglected. Yet Halloween is substantially more than just ensembles and sweet; indeed, the occasion has a rich and intriguing history.

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Halloween Jigsaw Puzzles

Halloween Jigsaw Puzzles

The History Of Halloween


Halloween, otherwise called All Hallows’ Eve, can be followed back around 2,000 years to a pre-Christian Celtic celebration held around Nov. 1 called Samhain (purported “sah-win”), which signifies “summer’s end” in Gaelic, as per the Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries. Since ancient records are meager and fragmentary, the precise way of Samhain is not completely saw, but rather it was a yearly public meeting toward the harvest’s end year, a period to assemble assets for the winter months and bring creatures over from the fields. Samhain is likewise thought to have been a period of communing with the dead, as per folklorist John Santino.

“There was a conviction that it was a day when spirits of the dead would traverse into the other world,” Santino told Live Science. Such snippets of move in the year have dependably been thought to be exceptional and extraordinary, he included.

Halloween gives a protected approach to play with the idea of death, Santino said. Individuals take on the appearance of the living dead, and fake tombstones enhance front gardens — exercises that wouldn’t go on without serious consequences at different times of the year, he said.

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In any case, as per Nicholas Rogers, a history educator at York University in Toronto and creator of “Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night” (Oxford University Press, 2003), “there is no hard confirmation that Samhain was specifically dedicated to the dead or to ancestor love.

“As indicated by the ancient adventures, Samhain was the time when tribal people groups paid tribute to their vanquishers and when the sidh [ancient mounds] may reveal the superb royal residences of the divine forces of the underworld,” Rogers composed. Samhain was less about death or evil than about the changing of seasons and preparing for the lethargy (and resurrection) of nature as summer swung to winter, he said.

In spite of the fact that an immediate association in the middle of Halloween and Samhain has never been demonstrated, numerous researchers believe that in light of the fact that All Saints’ Day (or All Hallows’ Mass, observed Nov. 1) and Samhain, are so near one another on the logbook, they impacted one another and later consolidated into the festival now called Halloween.

Uninvited Guest Halloween Jigsaw Puzzle

Uninvited Guest Halloween Jigsaw Puzzle

Trick or Treat


The custom of dressing in outfits and trick or-treating may do a reversal to the act of “mumming” and “guising,” in which individuals would camouflage themselves and go way to-entryway, requesting snacks , Santino said. Early outfits were usually camouflages, regularly woven out of straw, he said, and in some cases individuals wore ensembles to perform in plays or productions.

The practice could be identified with the medieval custom of “souling” in Britain and Ireland, when destitute individuals would thump on entryways on Hallowmas (Nov. 1), requesting food in return for petitions to God for the dead.

Trick or-treating didn’t begin in the United States until World War II, yet American children were known not out on Thanksgiving and request sustenance — a practice known as Thanksgiving asking, Santino said.

Halloween Themed Jigsaw Puzzle

Halloween Themed Jigsaw Puzzle

“Mass ceremonies are pretty basic, and are usually connected with winter occasions,” Santino said. While one custom didn’t fundamentally bring about the others, they were “comparable and parallel,” he said.

By the late 1800s, the convention of playing tricks on Halloween was entrenched. In the United States and Canada, the tricks included tipping over outhouses, opening agriculturists’ doors and egging houses. Be that as it may, by the 1920s and ’30s, the festivals all the more nearly looked like a boisterous square party, and the demonstrations of vandalism got more genuine.

A few individuals believe that in light of the fact that tricking was beginning to get hazardous and insane, folks and town pioneers started to empower sprucing up and tricks or-regarding as a sheltered distinct option for doing tricks, Santino said.

However, Halloween was as much a period for merriments and amusements as it was for playing tricks or requesting treats. Apples are connected with Halloween, both as a treat and in the round of bobbing for apples, a diversion that the pilgrim period in America was utilized for fortune-telling. Legend has it that the first individual to cull an apple from the water-filled pail without utilizing his or her hands would be the first to wed, by book “Halloween and Commemorations of the Dead” (Chelsea House, 2009) by Roseanne Montillo.

Monsters Night Out Halloween Jigsaw Puzzle

Monsters Night Out Halloween Jigsaw Puzzle

Apples were a piece of another type of marriage prediction. As per legend, on Halloween (now and again at the stroke of midnight), young ladies would peel an apple into one consistent strip and toss it behind her. The apple skin would as far as anyone knows land as a first letter of her future spouse’s name.

Another Halloween custom included looking in a mirror at midnight by candlelight, for a future spouse’s face was said to show up. (A frightening variety of this later turned into the “Bloody Mary” custom well known to numerous schoolgirls.) Like numerous such youth recreations, it was likely done for the sake of entertainment, however in any event a few individuals considered it important.

Some Christians have expressed worry that Halloween is some way or another evil in light of its roots in agnostic custom. However, ancient Celts did not love anything looking like the Christian devil and had no understanding of it. Truth be told, the Samhain celebration had since a long time ago vanished when the Catholic Church started oppressing witches in its quest for evil eradication. What’s more, black cats don’t have to have any relationship with witchcraft to be viewed as evil — essentially crossing their way is viewed as misfortune any day of the year.

Concerning current Halloween, Santino, writing in “American Folklore: An Encyclopedia” (Garland, 1996), noticed that “Halloween convictions and customs were conveyed to North America with Irish settlers, then by the colossal rushes of Irish foreigners escaping the first’s starvations half of the nineteenth century. Known in the North American mainland since pilgrim days, by the twentieth’s center century Halloween had turned out to be to a great extent a kids’ vacation.” Since that time, the occasion’s fame expanded dramatically as grown-ups, groups and establishments, (for example, schools, grounds and business haunted houses) have grasped the event.

Through the ages, different extraordinary elements — including pixies and witches — came to be connected with Halloween, and over a century prior in Ireland, the event was said to be a period when spirits of the dead could come back to their old walking grounds. Taking on the appearance of ghosts or witches got to be popular, however as the occasion turned out to be more widespread and more marketed (and with the landing of mass-production), the determination of masks for children and grown-ups significantly extended past creatures to incorporate everything from superheroes to princesses.

Christmas Puzzles Under $10

If you’re looking for a reasonably priced gift for someone (or yourself!) for the holiday season then look no further than our Gifts Under $10 in our Holiday Guide. Here are our best winter/holiday puzzles that won’t break the bank! You’ll find snowmen, frosty evenings by the fire, puppies, and Santa in these fun puzzles with 300 pieces or less.

Looking In by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

MINI – Christmas Cottage by SunsOut. 100 pieces.

MINI – Little Rascal by SunsOut. 100 pieces.

Shopping Spree by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

Friends and Neighbors by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

Puppy Love by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

Christmas Present for Peanut by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

Christmas Tree (Puzzle Ball) by Ravensburger. 54 pieces.

Snowman Carnival by SunsOut. 200 pieces.

Snowy Indigo Evening by SunsOut. 300 pieces.

Enchanted Woods by SunsOut. 300 pieces.



Happy Easter!: Facts and Trivia

Happy Easter from Puzzle Warehouse! We hope whether you got up early to go to church or are spending the afternoon scavenging for eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny (or both!) that you are having a lovely day with family or friends.

Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ after the Crucifixion and is celebrated  on the Sunday following the first full moon after the first day of spring. That’s why the date can be as early as March 22 or as late as April 25.

Now That’s Art! by SunsOut. 100 pieces. Finished size: 10″ x 16″.

Eggs have special significance during the Easter holidays because eggs celebrate new life. While they don’t seem alive, life lives within them, just waiting to hatch. Before egg dyeing and chocolate eggs and hardboiled eggs were popular, people gave each other eggs carved from other materials, like wood or precious stones.

Easter on the Lawn by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.5″ x 35″.

Rabbits and hares was associated with springtime even before the time of Jesus. The Anglo Saxon goddess of Spring named Eostre (which some believe was the inspiration for the name Easter) had a hare as her companion to symbolize fertility and rebirth.

The tradition of believing that a bunny hides eggs for little children to find came to America in the 1700’s from German immigrants. Like the Christmas stocking and coal, the parents told their children that if they were good and made a little “nest” out of their caps and bonnets, the Easter Bunny would leave them colored eggs.

Bunnie Wannabe by SunsOut. 500 pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24″.

Easter is a pretty important holiday to Americans. It’s the second-biggest candy holiday after Halloween (even beating out Valentines’ Day!) and it’s the fourth-largest card-exchanging holiday. Nearly 120 million cards are sent every year. Wouldn’t this hound in bunny ears make a perfect card as well as puzzle?

True Love by SunsOut. 500 pieces. Finished size: 15.5″ x 18″.

The first Cadbury Easter Eggs were made in 1875! At first chocolate wasn’t all that popular around Easter until molds were made. In the beginning, chocolate Easter eggs were made of dark chocolate with sugared almonds inside. By 1893, there was 19 different lines on the Cadbury Brothers Easter list in the UK. Now we know that it’s not just chocolate eggs that are so popular. People love molds of chocolate bunnies, and there’s certainly some good selection—Gourmet Food has even made a Top 10 List. Did you know that 76% of Americans say they bite off the ears first, with only 5% going for the feet first and 4% biting into the tail?

Cravings by White Mountain. 300 pieces. Finished size: 19.25″ x 26.625″.

Jelly beans became an Easter tradition in 1930 and now 16 million jelly beans are made every year exclusively for the Easter holiday, as well as approximately 90 million Easter bunnies. But those that don’t like the traditional chocolate or the fruity jelly beans are a pretty dominating market as well: 700 million Peeps are made every year for Easter. Did you know that for a long time people hid Easter goodies in children’s shoes? Baskets became popular when people realized the shoes were too small to stuff in all that yumminess!


St. Patrick’s Day Puzzles

There are puzzles for just about everything, isn’t there? Even St. Patrick’s Day! I was surprised how many puzzles we had for this holiday.

I love this job of blogging for you puzzle-people because it gets me thinking. After looking at all the wonderful green and Irish puzzles, I realize I didn’t actually know all that much about St. Patrick’s Day, besides “wear green or you’ll get pinched.”

So who was St. Patrick and why do we celebrate him?

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St. Patrick by Purrfect Puzzles. 1000 pieces.

St. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish people in the fifth century. Born in Roman Britain, he was captured as a slave at age 16 and escaped to Ireland. It’s believed that he died on March 17, 461—the day we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day now.

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Irish Charm by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 32.5″ x 26.5″ shape.

One famous legend about him is that he taught people about the Holy Trinity using the three leaves of a clover. Patrick would hold up a shamrock and challenge nonbelievers, “Is it one leaf or three?” Their answer that it  was “both one leaf and three,” evoked his response: “And so it is with God.”

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TWA Travel Posters – Explore Ireland by New York Puzzle Co. 1000 pieces.

You didn’t need to travel to Ireland for the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade, though. While since the 9th or 10th century, the Irish have been celebrating the feast of St. Patrick, the first parade actually happened in the US on March 17, 1762. Irishmen in the English military marched through New York City and played traditional Irish music to reconnect with their Irish roots and each other.

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Irish Pubs by White Mountain. 550 pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24″.


Traditionally, St. Patrick’s Day was a religious occasion where families in Ireland would go to church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon; it was a day in which the Lent prohibition against eating meat was waived and people would dance to music, drink, and have a feast. Up until the 1970s, pubs were mandated to be closed on March 17 because of the sacredness of the holiday. In 1995, the government began using interest in the holiday to drive tourism and showcase Irish culture to the rest of the world.

Green Man by Purrfect Puzzles. 1000 pieces.

It’s said that originally the color associated with St. Patrick’s Day was blue. It switched to green sometime in the 17th century. Green has a lot of associations with Ireland—it’s one of the three colors on the Ireland flag, it’s the color of the shamrock, a symbol of spring, and Ireland has been dubbed “The Emerald Isle.”

Irish Chain by SunsOut. 500 pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24″.

We wear green on St. Patrick’s Day because some people thought that wearing green made you invisible to leprechauns. Leprechauns are fairy people that pinch anyone they can see, so people began pinching people to remind them what was at stake by being sans-green on March 17!

Holiday Puzzle Series #4: For the Coca-Cola Collector

Know a Coca-Cola collector? We have a great selection of puzzles for the Coca-Cola enthusiast, from playing cards to 3D can models. Here are a few of our wonderful Coca-Cola product puzzles, so crack open a bottle while you decide which one you like best, or what might make a great present for a friend this holiday season!

Know any Coca-Cola history? The popular soft drink was was created in Atlanta, GA in 1886 by Dr. John Stith Pemberton, a local pharmacist. It was first sold for five cents a glass as a soda fountain drink. During the first year, sales averaged 9 Coca-Cola drinks per day. In 1998, the average was 606 million bottles per day worldwide.

A Gift for Santa (Cola-Cola) by Buffalo Games. $14.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20” x 27”.

Polar Bears by Buffalo Games. $14.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 20” x 27”.

Coca-Cola by Buffalo Games. $14.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 27″ x 20″.

Thirsty Bears by Buffalo Games. $14.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.75” x 19.75”.

Reach for Refreshment by Buffalo Games. $14.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.75” x 19.75″.

The Collection by Springbok. $19.99. 1500 pieces. Finished size: 29” x 36”.

The Corner Store by Springbok. $16.99. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 24” x 30”.