Oct 20, 2015 | Contest

We challenge you to enter our spooky contest through our Facebook page by midnight on Halloween.

Your mission, if you choose to accept it:

Upload to our Facebook page, Bay Area Tutoring Centers, Inc., a fun piece about Halloween related to any subject that we tutor in the center and you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win one of six $10 gift cards from Peet’s coffee, Juice Zone, or Yogurt Land.


Examples of possible submissions:


Poem by Dorothy Parker


Razors pain you;

Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.


Because Protestant England did not believe in Catholic saints, the rituals traditionally associated with Hallowmas (or Halloween) became associated with Guy Fawkes Night. England declared November 5th Guy Fawkes Night to commemorate the capture and execution of Guy Fawkes, who co-conspired to blow up the Parliament in 1605 in order to restore a Catholic king.


Spider webs are stronger than steel and tougher than kevlar. Every time an individual strand in the web breaks, the silk proteins absorb the strain, and the overall web strength increases by 3 – 10%.


Humans are actually born with more than 300 bones, but many fuse together during childhood, resulting in a total of 206 bones in a grown human body. So now you will know exactly how many bones you’ll have to deal with next time you’re attacked by a skeleton.


In Mexico, Halloween occurs the day before the Day of the Dead, or dia de los muertos, which finds its origin in the Catholic religion. This parallel occurs because the Catholic church subsumed many pagan holidays (Halloween is originally a celtic, pagan, holiday) with its own celebrations, creating All Saints Day on November 1 and All Souls Day on November 2. The indigenous in the Mexican region adopted the Catholic tradition after the conquest in the 1500s, but obviously had no reason to adopt the celtic one.


The United States Government, through the Pentagon, actually has a Zombie Apocalypse defense plan in place. The Pentagon officially states that the plan is not concerned with the actuality of a Zombie uprising, but uses the defense plan as a way of training for all possible emergency situations and outcomes. It is interesting though how highly detailed it is in terms of killing and destroying potential zombies. As the CNN article on this plan cites: “The only assumed way to effectively cause casualties to the zombie ranks by tactical force is the concentration of all firepower to the head, specifically the brain,” the plan reads. “The only way to ensure a zombie is ‘dead’ is to burn the zombie corpse.”


Remember: you will automatically be entered into the lottery for the $10 Peet’s card upon submission of your facebook upload. You may upload as many different submissions as you can come up with, across all subjects.

In addition, we will also be awarding six $25 gift cards for the top creative entries in each of the departments: Science, Math, English, History, Government, and Spanish.

So you stand to win two, or more, prizes!!

Please be sure to upload your submission by the witching hour (midnight) on Halloween.

Winners will be announced the weekend after Halloween.


Happy Haunting!!!