Halloween Costume Contest Winner: TBA tomorrow


But in the meantime, don't forget to send us your best ideas and pictures -- the winner will be announced tomorrow as the Grand Marshal of our Halloween parade! In the meantime, here's a tidbit about a much bigger parade, New York's West Village extravaganza:

In Celtic times, the last night of Autumn was celebrated by gathering around a communal fire. Villagers would then carry home embers from the communal fire to rekindle their own hearths. The glowing embers were carried in hollowed gourds adorned with decorations in homage to Brigid, the goddess of the Hearth. The Jack-O-Lantern, the most famous symbol of Halloween today, originiated with this tradition. To honor the Celtic tradition, the 2006 Village Halloween Parade procession will be led by a troupe of dancing Jack-O-Lantern and Squash Blossom puppets bearing the communal fire within a great pumpkin lantern.

It will also apparently be led by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, who of course don't need the excuse to dress up.

You can see photos of last year's NYC parade here. Last year's grand prize winner was a guy covered in feathers and whizzing around on Rollerblades, scaring people -- can you guess what he was supposed to be?