October is the spookiest month of the year, fact. As the warmth of the season of mists and mellow fruitfulnesss is grasped by the ice-cold fingers of winter, the days become shorter, the nights longer and the earth spins slowly into the “dark half” of the year.
That’s according to the Celts, who celebrated the festival of Samhain on October 31st to mark the end of the “lighter half” of the year and start of the “darker half”. According to Wikipedia, the ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family's ancestors were honoured and invited home while harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm.
Nowadays, in many countries, Halloween is celebrated at the end of October, and if you and the family are preparing the apples for bobbing, pumpkins for carving, and costumes for wearing, or if you simply want to bring the spookiness of October to your desktop, then make sure you check out the Windows 7 Eerie Autumn theme.
Shiver at the sights of 15 creepy wallpapers, scream in terror at spooky sounds which greet every email and USB connection, but beware! Gargoyles, gourds, and ghostly creatures haunt this eerily elegant Windows 7 theme.
Now where did I leave that cape?
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