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Its Finally October Which Means Halloween Jigsaw Puzzles

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.

Transylvania Halloween Jigsaw Puzzles

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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.

Winter Folk Art

Summer seems like the season for folk art, what with farms bursting in bloom and color. But winter makes just as great of a subject for folk artists, including Debbie Mumm and Jane Wooster Scott, who take their talents to the holiday season in these cheerful and fun snow scenes. Check out our selection below:

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Turning Back the Clock by Ceaco. 750 pieces.

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Snowfall in in Goose Creek by Ceaco. 750 pieces.

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Sweet Shoppe by Ceaco. 750 pieces.

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Yuletide Cheer by Ceaco. 1000 pieces.

Santa’s Workshop by Ceaco. 300 pieces.

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Here Comes Santa by Ceaco. 300 pieces.

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Winter Wonderland by Ceaco. 300 pieces.

Old Montreal by Dowdle Folk Art. 500 pieces.

Meeting the Train by SunsOut. 500 pieces.


Unique Christmas Puzzles

Whether they’ve got special shapes, glittery pieces, or hidden images, a unique puzzle with a Christmas theme is always an extra fun holiday gift!

Frosty Family by Springbok. 400 pieces. Family puzzle with larger pieces on the outside for new puzzlers and smaller pieces on the inside for experienced puzzlers.

Enchanted Christmas Snowman by Master Pieces. 500 pieces. Glitter puzzle.

I Spy – A Very Sweet Holiday by Briarpatch. 500 pieces. Hidden images puzzle.

Santa and Sleigh by Ravensburger. 54 pieces. Puzzleball.


Ready for the Season by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Shaped puzzle.


Towards the Light by SunsOut. 600 pieces. Shaped puzzle.

A Pile of Presents by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Shaped puzzle.

O Star of Bethelhem by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Shaped puzzle.

Old St. Nicholas by Peaceful Wooden Puzzles. Pieces vary. Wooden puzzle.




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.

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Chasing Snowflakes by SunsOut. 27 x 35.

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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.


Holiday Gift Guide: 500 piece Christmas Puzzles

‘Tis the season, everybody!

Today check out our great 500 piece Christmas puzzles for the intermediate puzzler. Tomorrow be sure to return for our post on 1000 piece Christmas puzzles, and Monday you’ll see us feature some of our special and unique Christmas puzzles.

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Homage by SunsOut. 18 x 24.

5 Star Review for “Homage”: “This puzzle ‘Homage’ is one of the nicest ones I have ever done. So beautiful when finished, I will frame it for sure.”

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Spirit of Christmas by SunsOut. 18 x 24.

5 star review for “Spirit of Christmas”: “Genuinely captures ‘The Reason for the Season’… St. Nicholas holding, pausing, reflecting, reckoning Christ in CHRISTmas. A puzzle I display year round. So detailed. Brilliantly colored. Awe-meditative facial expression. A must have puzzle.”

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Christmas Eve by Springbok. 18 x 23.5

5 star review for “Christmas Eve”: “Challenging but fun to work.”

Santa’s Cats and Dogs by Cobble Hill. 18 x 24.

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Special Delivery by Springbok. 18 x 23.5

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Santa Asking for Directions by SunsOut. 18 x 24.

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Rockefeller Center by Briarpatch.

Motorcycle Santa by SunsOut. 18 x 24.

Snowman Patches by SunsOut. 18 x 24.

Remember, you have until Tuesday December 17 to ensure Christmas Eve delivery!

Still need some last minute stocking stuffers? Check out these fun gifts!

Coca-Cola – 3D Can by Springbok. 40 pieces. Ages 6+




Our famous 3D puzzle slowly comes to life before your eyes! These hard plastic pieces present an interesting challenge to even experienced puzzlers because there is more that one surface to work on. A great take on an old classic.

Hanayama Amour Brainteaser by University Games. Ages 8+

Puzzle expert Akio Yamamoto brought us this Hanayama Level 5 Cast Puzzle – Amour masterpiece by joining two separate yet linked loops to create this challenge. Remove “Adam” and “Eve” from the metal plate, which has been crafted in the shape of an apple as the “Forbidden Fruit. It really is that easy. Then bring the lovebirds back together to complete the puzzle.

Holiday Gift Guide: Puzzles for Kids

Kids can be tough to buy gifts for sometimes, because we don’t know what toys and games they already own or things they will like to use for a long time. It can also be hard to find the perfect difficulty level where it is easy enough to use to be fun but challenging enough to keep interest. A puzzle is a fun, interactive gift that can be enjoyed by the child and his or her parents, as they help their child develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and more. We have a great holiday gift guide on our site, with puzzles separated by age group, featuring some of our best-loved puzzles for ages 1 through 12.

AGES 1-2+

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Christmas Tree Chunky Puzzle by Melissa and Doug. 13 pieces. Age 2+

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Sound Puzzle: Musical Instruments by Melissa and Doug. 8 pieces. Ages 2+

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Large Farm Jumbo Knob by Melissa and Doug. 8 pieces. Ages 1+




AGES 3-4+

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Thomas & Friends – Meeting Friends by Ravensburger. 80 pieces. Ages 4+

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Chestnut and Acorn by Cobble Hill. 35 pieces. Ages 3+


Black Lab Puppies (Tray Puzzle) by Cobble Hill. 35 pieces. Ages 3+




AGES 5-6+

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Jouney to Oz by SunsOut. 63 pieces. Ages 5+

Noah and the Ark by SunsOut. 63 pieces. Ages 6+

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Mini Puzzles: Tiger by Ravensburger. 54 pieces. Ages 5+




AGES 7-8+

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Teddy Bear Workshop by . 275 pieces. Ages 8+

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Dino’s Solar System by Dino’s Illustrated World. 500 pieces. Ages 8+

Gingerbread Makers by Cobble Hill. 275 pieces. Ages 8+




AGES 9-10+

Gingerbread Fun by Springbok. 400 pieces. Ages 10+

Frogs by SunsOut. 200 pieces. Ages 10+

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Around the World with Nellie Bly by Pomegranate. 300 pieces. Ages 9+




AGES 11-12

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Affectionate Pups by MEGA Puzzles. 1000 pieces. Ages 12+

Anif Castle 3D Puzzle by Hasbro. 769 pieces. Ages 12+

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Dragon Storm by Melissa and Doug. 500 pieces. Ages 12+




Only 6 Days Left to get your order by Christmas! Order by Tuesday, Dec 17 to ensure delivery by Dec. 24.

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!