Halloween’s Spooky Origins!

Ahh…cooler nights, falling leaves, and pumpkins on the porch — all dead giveaways that it’s Halloween time! Professional event planner R.T. Clown (310.376.2250) has helped schools, corporations and private residents celebrate since 1985, so we know a thing or two about Halloween. These days, just about everyone associates Halloween with costumes, candy, and children who yell, “Trick or treat!” But Halloween’s roots reach much further into history than many people realize.

Roots in Really Old Europe

Halloween has its roots in ancient European history. According to many historians, Halloween started as part of the ancient Celtic festival of “Samhain,” which celebrated the end of harvest and the beginning of the “darker part of the year.”

Part of Samhain included lighting bonfires and wearing costumes to ward off evil spirits. Participants also burned fruits, vegetables, grain, and possibly animals as offerings to the gods. It’s a time when the veil between the natural and supernatural worlds was at its thinnest. Many Celts believed the dead could walk among the living during Samhain! Today, many historians believe that Halloween’s association with scary creatures, food, and curses began with these pre-Christian customs more than 2,000 years ago.

Halloween in the Anno Domini

As Christianity gained hold in the 8th Century A.D., Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as the day to honor all saints. This became known as All Hallows Eve (and later, Halloween) and included some of Samhain festival traditions. The evening before was a day of trick-or-treating, dressing up in costumes, and carving jack-o-lanterns. These traditions grew around the world, and soon Halloween became synonymous with shorter days, colder nights, gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

Halloween and R.T. Clown

Halloween is a big deal at R.T. Clown – in fact, we’ve coordinated more than 40,000 successful events since the company was founded! Because R.T. Clown has a full roster of 200+ professional entertainers to call on, we can create great Halloween fun. Want magicians, musicians, superheroes, jugglers, unicyclists, caricaturists, psychics, animal acts, fire eaters, and more? Give R.T. Clown a call at (310) 376-2250, and we’ll get you set up, tout suite! Call NOW for best availability!

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Neighbors, Colleagues & Friends — can R.T. Clown get your help?

Our Manhattan Beach (California) Chamber of Commerce is having its yearly “Best of Manhattan” Awards, and R.T. Clown would like your vote in their “SMALL & MIGHTY” category!

Nomination takes only a minute! Use this form: http://tiny.cc/vxs9vz

R.T. Clown in Manhattan Beach has been around since 1985. We’ve provided delightful entertainment to local companies, preschools, corporations, and individuals since then – over 40,000 events! In doing so, we’ve provided employment and exposure for 200+ local performers in the Southland. And, R.T. Clown owner has supported the Entertainment Community Fund (formerly the Actors Fund) since 1978.

R.T. Clown has conducted business from Manhattan Beach since 2003, and it will continue to do so until it closes its doors!

Nominations end very soon, so please do this now while you’re thinking of it.

And if you could post here to say, “I Voted!” – that would be awesome, too!

Many thanks to you all from our entertaining hearts!

It’s August!!!

August May Be the Most Delicious Month of All!

August 2 – National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
August 3 – National Watermelon Day
August 4 – National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
August 6 – National Root Beer Float Day
August 10 – National S’mores Day
August 14 – National Creamsicle Day
August 21 – National Spumoni Day
August 22 – National Eat a Peach Day
August 24 – National Waffle Day
August 27 – National Banana Lovers Day
August 30 – National Toasted Marshmallow Day

And for the Over-21 Crowd:
August 7 – International Beer Day (first Friday of every month)
August 25 – National Whiskey Sour Day
August 28 – National Red Wine Day

Some August Facts & History

August was named in honor of Augustus Caesar, Roman emperor and adopted son of Julius Caesar. Eventually, Augustus was shortened to simply August.

August 11, 1929: Babe Ruth became the first baseball player in history to hit 500 home runs.

August 15-18, 1969: Legendary music festival Woodstock was held in Bethel, NY.

August 28, 1963: Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on the Lincoln Memorial steps in Washington, DC.

Talk to you again soon!
Enjoy Your August!

Ice Cream & Sunshine & Parties, Oh My!

August at R.T. Clown has us entering the end of our busy Summer Program season. This summer has been jam-packed with our wonderful entertainment at preschools and picnics across Southern California. After that, a short break, and then we gear up for the Autumn and Early Winter / End of Year Holiday parties and entertainment!

So! What do you have planned for Back to School? Halloween? Thanksgiving? Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve? We can help! Our holiday entertainment is practically legendary — our Real Beard Santas promise to once again delight your family, friends and colleagues at Holiday parties and timely entertainment for all types of groups and gatherings.

Visit us at RTClown.com to get an idea of all we offer to put a smile on your face, then call us with any questions you may have. Be sure to call to book early in the season to get exactly the entertainment you want. And continue to enjoy Summer 2023!

Summertime Company Picnic Planning is Easy with R.T. Clown!

R.T. Clown 310.376.2250 makes Company Picnic Planning a cinch! Since 1985, we’ve specialized in live entertainment and event coordination, servicing Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. From helping you locate the perfect venue, coordinating your catering, and providing entertainment, R.T. Clown has everything you need to make your picnic a memorable event, coordinated from beginning through end.

First, we make sure your hungry picnic peeps are well-fed. We have a wide assortment of summertime favorites for you to choose from — from fun food carts to international cuisine to good, old-fashioned BBQ.

Second, are you keeping it classic or going with a theme? Our event consultant will recommend just the right kind of entertainment from our roster of 200+ talented performers. These include face painters, petting zoos, DJs, musicians, balloon artists, ponies, puppies, and so much more. We have inflatable jumpers of all types and sizes as well.

Then our picnic game host keeps the games and activities flowing, fun, and engaging with classic picnic games, team-building exercises and more!

And, at the end of the happy day, we coordinate all takedown and cleanup, so you and your team can head home with happy memories!

Sounds good? Great! Let us put our decades of experience to work for you while you relax and take all the credit for a highly successful and memorable event!
R.T. Clown, Inc. 310.376.2250

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Summer Kids’ Birthday Party Ideas!

Summer birthday parties for kids are so much fun! Here are some ideas to make your child’s summer party one to remember!

Water Party: This one’s always a hit. Set up a slip-n-slide, water balloon toss, or a kiddie pool for younger kids.

Outdoor Movie Night: Set up a projector and screen in your backyard, and have a movie night under the stars. Remember the popcorn and movie box candy!

Beach Day: SoCal is always good for beach birthday party. Bring beach toys, lots of sunscreen, a cooler of drinks and water, pre-wrapped sandwiches, and a mini sheet cake.

Carnival Theme: Create a mini-carnival in your backyard with easy activities like a bean bag toss, treasure hunt, bubbles, limbo (with a pool noodle for the bar!), and musical lawn chairs. You can also rent a jumper through R.T. Clown!

Scavenger Hunt: Plan a scavenger hunt around your neighborhood or local park. Kids can work in teams or individually to solve clues and find hidden treasures.

Arts & Crafts: Set up a picnic table with art supplies like paint, markers, and glue, and let kids get creative with coloring, rock painting, and more. You can also hire a professional art teacher to lead a guided art project.

No matter what kind of party you opt for, have plenty of water and sunscreen, along with shady or indoor options so no one gets overheated or over-sunned. Most importantly, have fun!

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