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Old September 22nd, 2009, 01:11 AM
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I've searched the boards and have seen debating posts....Has anyone been on a recent Carnival Halloween cruise to know if they celebrate the holiday onboard the ships? We have a huge Halloween party at our house every year for friends and neighbors and wondered whether to pack our costumes for this Halloween cruise. We bumped our house party up a week to set sail on the Glory Halloween day, 09. We have some awesome cruise-style costumes--partner is AquaMan---so we'd like to be able to have fun onboard if they acknowledge the holiday.
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YES!! They do celebrate Halloween on board! It's great - they have a big party and costume contest, definitely pack your costume!!
We will be cruising the week of October 18th so I asked my PVP and she said they do the whole month of October
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I have heard myself that October is one big costume party on board. I personally decided to go with a pirate with a twist, mostly since I already have the shirt. Think pirate meets Dracula and you have the idea. Shame I am single or I would have an undead wench to complete the pair. I certainly would not be the one getting slapped all the time like Captain Jack Sparrow. Lol. Seen too many Pirates of the Caribbean movies and there is still another one coming out. Seen too many vampire movies too for that matter.
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Having been born on Halloween I have always had a great connection with the day itself. Growing up my kid birthday parties were always Halloween costume parties.

This year marks my 50th Halloween Birthday so it just made sense to celebrate and party with a large number of people who already know how to have fun and on a "fun ship" too.

See you on the LEGEND HALLOWEEN CRUISE on October 25th - November 1st.
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Oh goody, I'm sailing on 10-18 on the Carnival Freedom, and I was wondering if they would be celebrating Halloween the week before. I'm bringing my witch costume, being from Salem, the official Witch City - what else could I be???

I sailed on the Crown Princess last Halloween and I was one of about 500 witches on board - what a great great time!!!!!
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Never could understand how Salem became the official city for Witches. Very ironic considering right outside it in Ipswich was the center of the Burning Times(known to non-witches as the witch trials). Very interesting really. Most people do not realize this, but Halloween is also known as Samhain(pronounced Sow-in), which is the Wiccan and Pagan New Year celebration.
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Old September 25th, 2009, 12:43 PM
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Thanks everyone for the info! Halloween and cruising are two of my favorite things, so the opportunity to do both at once will be awesome! A great October cruise to everyone!
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All Carnival ships will host Halloween activities that will include a Halloween Party and costume contest for guests of all ages. Children and adults are encouraged to bring a costume for this occasion. In addition, children can participate in Trick-or-Treating throughout the ship. Halloween events will be held on the following 2009 departures:

Conquest: 10/18; 10/25
Destiny: 10/19; 10/24; 10/29
Dream: 10/27
Ecstasy: 10/22; 10/26; 10/31
Elation: 10/19; 10/22; 10/26; 10/29
Fantasy: 10/17; 10/22; 10/26; 10/31
Fascination: 10/17; 10/22; 10/26; 10/31
Freedom: 10/18; 10/24
Glory: 10/17; 10/24; 10/31
Holiday: 10/19; 10/24; 10/29
Imagination: 10/19; 10/23; 10/26; 10/30
Inspiration: 10/19; 10/24; 10/29
Legend: 10/18; 10/25
Liberty: 10/17; 10/24; 10/31
Miracle: 10/19; 10/27
Paradise: 10/19; 10/23; 10/26; 10/30
Pride: 10/18; 10/25
Sensation: 10/18; 10/22; 10/25; 10/29
Spirit: 10/18; 10/26
Splendor: 10/18; 10/25
Triumph: 10/18; 10/24; 10/26
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I know for my costume I will be in "wardrobe and makeup" departments for up to 5 hours.
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Old September 26th, 2009, 10:24 AM
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Brad, I did Jack Sparrow a couple of years ago when the first movie came out and it is still one of my favorite costumes. I like your take on a vampire pirate...post a pic when you get it together so we can see.
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I am going for true authenticity in the pirate costume though obviously the concept of pirate and of vampire are very fluid concepts so it allows me to write a whole character biography and be completely creative. If I had the money and time I would visit a fangsmith and have a set of Hollywood style fangs made(they slip over your natural teeth and are made to match the shade, so they look natural). For this year at least, I will have to settle for those attachable(they apply to the front of your natural teeth) fangs that goth shops like Hot Topic carry until I can have customs made.
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Brad, Are you from Mass? North shore area? I am originally from Melrose. lived many years in NH Lakes Region. Thawing out in Florida now but Melrose will always be HOME.

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Virginia. Just a highly creative type who tends to stick out from the crowd around here. As far as my knowledge of the history of Ipswich and the witch trials, I learned that when I became a Wiccan. When I first learned about the religion I was comparing witchcraft in the 17th century and the 20th century for a high school English term paper. To this day, I find the past of the place and it's present state quite amusingly ironic. I do intend to visit Salem one day to satisfy curiosity and to see the history. I also involve myself in educating the general public about the various forms of paganism, although there are a few religous zealots(ahem...nuts) who do not care and would rather see the burning times return. Human nature to create conflict I guess. I do hope all have a great Halloween this year.
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As a child growing up in the area it was always a fun field trip during the school year. Salem is a very interesting place steeped in history. A lot of maritime history as well as the witch trials. Unfortunately Salem has turned the witch history into a way to grab tourist dollars. Of course the favorite holiday there is Hallowen.You might enjoy Gloucester,Cape Ann, and Ipswich and New Bedford Lovely areas to visit.

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It is unfortunate, but many cities with historical ties do the same thing. Now Williamsburg, VA is a tourist attraction. Big colonial reenactment center right beside a theme park(Bush Gardens-Williamburg).
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personslly I do not like the way Halloween is celebrated at least in the Us too much emphasis on death and besides it un teaches our children not to talk to strangers. Having said that I think an onboard Halloween party would be fun Too bad I'm sailing on November 5
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The traditions of Halloween comes from respect for the dead in ancient Ireland. Unfortunately it has become too commercialized, and certain segments of society have called it evil. Before you say it has too much to do with death, you need to learn where it comes from first. Most of the modern traditions for most holidays come from ancient paganism that was assimilated into modern religion.
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The History of Halloween done by the history channel.
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Definitely bring a costume if you're sailing on a Halloween cruise. If you're not into the entire theme costume idea, at least purchase a T shirt, wig, funny glasses, anything. Also, DO NOT FORGET to bring decorations for your stateroom and door...last year our entire stateroom area had decorated their doors. We had so much fun and I think you will too.

P.S. The costumes don't have to be scary, I dressed up as Pippi Longstocking, ha!
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I see Zydeco beat me to it earlier but this is what was posted on John Blog today...

M&M is sponsoring their events this year..

There will be trick and treating and costume parties and haunted houses and vampires....loads of bloody vampires.

Holiday – 10/19, 10/24 & 10/29
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Carnival Fascination – 10/17, 10/22, 10/26 & 10/31
Carnival Imagination – 10/19, 10/23, 10/26, 10/30
Carnival Inspiration – 10/19, 10/24 & 10/29
Carnival Destiny – 10/19, 10/24 & 10/29
Carnival Elation – 10/19, 10/22, 10/26 & 10/29
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I just want to be a bloodthirsty pirate.......quite literally...lol.
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I am alittle late answering this post but we just came back from a "BOO" cruise on the Sensation. It was a blast! I did not pack costumes for us but some of the ship decks were decorated with big blow up Halloween figures and lots of people had awesome costumes on. The dessert in dinner was great it was a ghost on top of pumpkin cheesecaeke and a monster on top of carrot cake. I would do a "BOO" cruise again in a heartbeat it was fun for all ages.
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We just finished a cruise on the Spirit. The halloween party was something to be seen and a part of. We had simple costumes for the event. But, others were dressed to the max. If you ever get a chance to cruise in late October it is a must for one fun night. 8)
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