You love Halloween. We love Halloween. It’s the greatest holiday out there when you love dressing up, causing mischief, and drinking.
And the nice thing about being a drinking horn company is that our products fit into just about every costume because drinking horns have been around since the beginning of time and come from every culture around the world.
Think about it: what costume wouldn’t be improved by an AleHorn or ethically-sourced horn tankard? Maybe a doctor? But who sees Halloween and thinks doctor? Not our fans.
THESE are our fans:
We want to see your Jon Snows. Your Tormund Giantsbanes. Your Lagerthas. Your Mr. Wednesdays, your Freyjas, your Dragonborns… and your weird shit, too. LARPing costumes, made-up characters... they all count.
But most importantly, we want to see your drinking horns and tankards with your costumes.
And while you’re here, why not check out some of our premium, Halloween content? We hope it inspires your creativity!
Halloween comes originally from the Celtic peoples of Western Europe. The Celts were polytheists who believed in the power of nature, mainly because their lives were so tied to the agricultural calendar. October 31st, for the Celts, was Samhain (pronounced ‘sow-in’), one of four major holidays that fell throughout the year. This was the day the dead could come alive and cause mischief. If you wanted to thwart your dead relatives so they wouldn’t cause you trouble, you wore a costume (usually an animal skin) and acted like them– usually with rampant trickery. If that wasn’t really your game, you could also make a sacrifice to the dead– by leaving them a treat or throwing that treat into a big bonfire.
The Celts are also responsible for the tradition of carving jack-o-lanterns. For thousands of years, people in Ireland have carved turnips, tubers, and beets in the fall, strictly for fun, and turned them into lanterns to light their way home on cold nights. But when many Irish came to the New World, they found gourds easier to locate than the veggies of the old country.
Sounding horns are one of the oldest instruments in the world. Most brass and woodwind instruments can trace their ancestry back to them. Similar to the conch seashell, ancient hunter-gatherer humans saw the horns of their slaughtered cattle and thought to themselves, “I wonder if I can make a really cool noise out of that?”
These horns took on symbolic and spiritual meanings in many different cultures around the globe. Let’s look at some of them.
If our previous article on the origins of Halloween got you jonesing for the weirdness of death, perhaps you were wondering what the old Norse did to celebrate their dead and keep spirits at bay. Well, fear not! The Norse had their own beliefs about the season where the harvest comes to fruition and the world begins to die. And it’s just as metal and messed up as you were no doubt hoping.
This holiday was called the Sacrifice to the Elves and it involved some strange rituals. So strange, we don’t even really know much about them. But we’ll get to that.
First, you need to understand the elves of Norse Mythology. While the Norse elves are reportedly beautiful beyond imagination and while they were the inspiration for JRR Tolkien’s elves, they probably weren’t the Elronds and Galadriels you’re thinking of.
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