Getting into the Halloween spirit? Have a look at what search giant Google has dished out for you! This year is more elaborate than ever with a spooky surprise behind each door. This new interactive Halloween Doodle on its home page recreates a Charles Addams type block of townhouses modelled as haunted houses. Numbered 13 has a skeleton dangling by the door, that moves. The Doodle itself has the famous Google name turned into a house with several closed doors. Clicking on the doors release monsters behind each, a scary black appears runs by and the doors slam shut.. The doodle also has spooky audio track which adds to the Halloween atmosphere.
In 1998, before Google was even incorporated, the idea of the doodle was planned by the Google founders Larry and Sergey who played with the corporate logo to indicate their attendance at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. They placed a stick figure drawing behind the 2nd “o” in the word, Google, and the revised logo was intended as a comical message to Google users that the founders were “out of office.” While the first doodle was relatively simple, the idea of decorating the company logo to celebrate notable events was born.
Halloween is the second biggest holiday in the United States, and has a long history with its pagan roots. In Britain the three days between 31st October and 2nd November see pagan and Christian celebrations intertwined in a fascinating way and is a perfect example of superstition struggling with religious belief. Currently, it is widely thought that Halloween originated as a pagan Celtic festival of the dead related to the Irish and Scottish Samhain, but there is no evidence that it was connected with the dead in pre-Christian times.