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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 trap 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 nourishment, 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 might likewise be identified with the medieval custom of “souling” in Britain and Ireland, when destitute individuals would thump on entryways on Hallowmas (Nov. 1), requesting nourishment 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 sales 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 likewise 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 fit as a first’s fiddle 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 “Tomato juice and vodka” 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 fervent 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 schemes. What’s more, obviously, dark felines 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 frequenting 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-fabricated ensembles), the determination of masks for children and grown-ups significantly extended past creatures to incorporate everything from superheroes to princesses.

Holiday Gift Guide: 1000 Piece Christmas Puzzles

One thousand piece puzzles are one step up from 500 piece puzzles, and these Christmas ones should really get you in the holiday spirit! Get a few family members together and these puzzles will come together quickly and easily, hopefully with lots of laugh and laughter to share while you do them!

Nutcracker Collection by Springbok. 24 x 30.

santa on the roof puzzle

Special Delivery by Springbok. 24 x 30.

cat christmas puzzle

Chasing Snowflakes by SunsOut. 27 x 35.

family christmas puzzle

Trimming the Tree by Cobble Hill. 26.625 x 19.5

Santa’s Flying Merkel by Cobble Hill. 19.25 x 26.625.

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Quilting Santa by SunsOut. 20 x 27.

Santa’s Cat Nap by SunsOut. 20 x 27.

Still need some last minute stocking stuffers? Try out these!

Gift Card Maze, $5.99

Gift Card Maze – In order to get the gift, the recipient has to roll a ball through a bi – level maze to unlock the gift! Talk about an incentive! It is so much more fun than just getting a gift card! Plus, it is fun to watch the person work to solve the puzzle.

Family Talk – Faith Edition, $6.74

Family Talk: Faith Edition – A fun portable conversation game designed to keep today’s busy families connected. The game includes 100 conversation cards. Simply pick a card, ask the question and get a surprising and often hilarious glimpse into the hearts and minds of your family members. Diverse topics reveal surprising answers, even from hard-to-talk-to teens. This new Faith Edition features reflective questions to inspire a caring, giving and faith filled attitude.

Christmas Puzzleball – Santa and Snowman by Ravensburger. 54 pieces.

Puzzleball – Santa and Snowman holiday puzzleball features perfectly crafted, curved puzzle pieces that fit together exactly for an easy to assemble puzzle sphere that looks great as a Christmas ornament or decoration for the holiday season. Each puzzleball is 54 pieces and measures 3″ in diameter when assembled. No glue required – the plastic pieces snap together and stay in place when complete.


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!


New Christmas Room!

Last month, we celebrated our 1st anniversary being open to the public, and boy has it been a ride! A year later, we’re facing our second holiday season and are very excited to offer you – our valued customers – more than 12,000 puzzles and games to choose from in our store here in St. Louis and online at
And Something New: we now have an entire Christmas room full of more than 300 holiday-themed jigsaw puzzles from 10 to 1500 pieces. Here are a few of our favorites.

1. The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Celtic Collection of puzzles contains original and vivid artwork created by Dublin born artist Rachel Arbuckle. This is a stunning interpretation of the classic Christmas song. Purrfect Puzzles are made in The Netherlands to the highest quality, using recycled materials, in a compact ‘Eco Box’. The well-fitting pieces are varied, glare-free, durable and thicker than usual pieces.

2. Christmas Puzzleballs

These 3D puzzles by Ravensburger are a hit every holiday season! Turn this Christmas into a life-long memory by building your very own Puzzleball ornaments! Each Puzzleball has 60 interlocking pieces that come together to form a holiday scene ornament that can be hung on the tree with included nylon string. We have several non-Christmas theme puzzle balls for year-round puzzling fun, too.

3. Puzzles to Remember – Poinsettia & Pine Cones

A holiday favorite, the poinsettia, comes to life as you put together this vivid jigsaw puzzle. The Puzzles to Remember series by Springbok is a fun way to enjoy puzzling while minimizing the time it takes to piece together. These puzzles are the same finished size as standard 500-piece puzzles, but contain only 12 or 36 large pieces, making it much easier to finish. There are more than 10 puzzles in this series.

4. Pintoo’s plastic puzzles

As the only carrier in the USA of these unique puzzles, Puzzle Warehouse is excited to bring you a collection of puzzles that feature long-lasting, interlocking plastic pieces. These puzzles do not require glue after assembled (they can be hung right up) and offer greater flexibility and presentability than traditional jigsaw puzzles. Pintoo offers more than 120 images in puzzles ranging from 40 to 1000 pieces, 3D, and Miniatures!


Puzzles for Lovers

Yesterday, lovers all over the world celebrated Valentine’s Day, a day of love, of joy and happiness. Over the centuries, love has inspired writers, musicians, poets, painters, movie directors and even common people. It is said that it has great healing powers and the ones who love truly, live longer.

Valentine’s Day origins lie in Ancient Rome’s Fertility Festival which was celebrated on the 15th of February. During the festival, the men had to pick a scrawl on which was written a woman’s name. Each couple had to stay united until the next festival. Usually, they fell in love and got married. This festival was celebrated only until 496, when it was replaced by Valentine’s Day.

If you want to surprise your sweetheart with a love themed puzzle, Puzzle Warehouse is here to help by offering you a great variety of puzzles for lovers. For example, the 77 pieces Puzzleball Guardian Angel made by Ravensburger will put a big smile on her/his face. Who wouldn’t love a blonde chubby angel who is offering his big and loving heart?

Then, you have the lovely Heart puzzleball. Perfectly crafted, curved puzzle pieces allow for an exact fit and are easily assembled together to form a solid, smooth ball – with no glue required! The final result is a unique, decorative piece that sends a sincere message to your soul mate.

And for those of you who are single but secretly in love, the Fine Art 1000 pieces Jigsaw Puzzle by Ricordi Arte – Trionfo di Galatea might speak for itself. Those three cupids are all aiming in one point: the object of your affections.

To see more of PW’s puzzles for lovers, visit our online store and browse around. Tell us your favorites in the comments!