Thanks to all of you who entered the MyHeritage Halloween Family Photo competition.
We received some great photos but, alas, only one can win the one-year data subscription. After our panel of judges reviewed each photo, we're delighted to announce that Debby Carter has won our prize!
Here's the winning photo:
Why do we love Halloween? Is it the costumes? The candy?
Are you ready for Halloween?
According to a recent US National Retail Federation survey, a record 170 million Americans plan to spend $8 billion on Halloween, for costumes, candy and decorations.
English professor Eric Wilson of Wake Forest University says we love the holiday for deeper reasons than just a night of fun, especially during economic difficulties.
Escapism from hard times is part of this. He says that, on Halloween, we can pretend to be someone else, and not focus on worries or regrets.
Celebrating the enchanted is another part of this and takes people’s minds off their “limitations and mortality.”
Send your most creative and original Halloween family photos and we'll choose three winners to receive a one-year MyHeritage annual data subscription, providing full access to all family history records in our database.
As Halloween approaches and you've started to think about costumes, don't forget to take a photo, or send us an old photo from a Halloween past!
The rules are simple: Upload your photo* to our Facebook Page or Tweet to @MyHeritage using the hashtag #myheritagehalloween. Don't have a Facebook or Twitter account? Email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'll be looking for the most ghoulish, wacky and creative photos. Remember, we’re all about family here at MyHeritage, so we'd like to see your whole family getting involved. Check out these photos from last year.
Entries close at noon (in your country of submission) on Friday, November 2, 2012, so you’d better get snapping now, if you’d like to get your hands on a one-year MyHeritage annual data subscription!
Don’t get too spooked.
The MyHeritage Team.
*We kindly request that all photos be of a reasonable resolution (96dpi at least) and that the submission is your own original work (and not infringing any copyright laws). Any images of under-18s must be cleared for usage with their parent(s) or guardian(s). Three winners will be chosen from all entries received, and will each receive a free MyHeritage annual data subscription for 12 months. Winners will be notified using their original mode of entry and we will make every practical or best-faith effort to contact them. See the full terms and conditions here.
We love running competitions at MyHeritage, and Halloween provided an excellent opportunity to see what our community created.
It's a chance for us to see how creative our community can be and - in the case of this week's competition - be privy to some hilarious family Halloween photos. Ghoulish, disturbing, confusing and downright terrifying - you name it, we've seen them all! See the slide show here:
We know everyone wanted to be one of the lucky three - who will now enjoy excellent features including enhanced Smart Matches™ and Timeline features.
Today (November 1) is the beginning of the two-day Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival in Mexico.
Contrary to its name, the festival is a celebration of life rather than death, which explains the widespread display of art, food and music.
It’s an amazing couple of days as Mexicans truly commemorate the lives of their ancestors – something that we all, as family history researchers, can relate to.
Below is a video, which explains the history of the celebration and shows what happens on the two days. Enjoy!
MyHeritage is looking for the most creative and original Halloween Family photos. Take part and win one of three one-year Premium subscriptions at MyHeritage.com.
We haven’t had a competition for a while now so, of corpse (sorry), we decided to dust the cobwebs from three free premium subscriptions for one year and put them up for grabs in the MyHeritage Halloween Family Photo Competition!
Share your best Halloween family picture with us, or that old Halloween picture lurking in your photo album.
The rules are simple: upload your photo* to our Facebook Page or send them via Twitter using the hashtag #myheritagehalloweenpics (we recommend you use yfrog.com or twitgoo.com for this). If you do not have a Facebook or Twitter account you can send us your picture to email@example.com.
We will be looking for the most ghoulish, wacky and creative photos our community has to offer. Remember, we’re all about family here at MyHeritage, so if your whole family is getting involved, we’d like to see some photo evidence of that!
Entries close at noon on the day after Halloween (1 November 2011), so you’d better get snapping now, if you’d like to get your hands on a one year free premium subscription!
Don’t get too spooked.
The MyHeritage Team.
*We kindly request that all photos be of a reasonable resolution (96dpi at least) and that the submission is your own original work (and not infringing any copyright laws). Any images of under-18s must be cleared for usage with their parent(s) or guardian(s). Three winners will be chosen from all entries received, and will each receive a free premium subscription for 12 months. Winners will be notified using their original mode of entry and we will make every practical or best-faith effort to contact them. See the full terms and conditions here.
Ah, it's Halloween again, time for the little ones to run around town trick-or-treating for their favorite sweets. You might be surprised to learn the humble roots of trick-or-treating. Originally Hallows' Eve, it is believed to have origins in the Middle Ages when 'souling' was common practice. Poor folk would travel door to door on Hallowmas, receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day. Since, it has evolved into a more family-centered holiday -- a playful weekend when everyone from kids to parents dress up in costumes, play games and eat copious amounts of candy.