It’s Spooky Out There! It’s Halloween…

Carved Pumpkins for Halloween

Photo taken by Andrea Lainé

Halloween is celebrated on the 31st October every year and is also known as ‘All Saints’ Eve’ or ‘All Hallows’ Eve’. It is a secular celebration but has roots in Christianity and Paganism. The name Halloween is shortened from All Hallows’ Eve as the 31st October is the eve of the old Christian feast day, All Saint’s Day.

The origins of Halloween began from an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain. The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. The ancient pagans traditionally used the time of the festival to make a note of their supplies and slaughter livestock for the winter. The bones of the livestock would then be burned on the many bonfires set up during the festival. The Celtics believed that on the 31st October, the divide between the living and dead dissolved and that the evil spirits and the dead would come out to cause problems for the living. It is thought that the Celtics would dress up in costumes and masks to try to calm down the dead.

Halloween is not celebrated by many countries or nations. It is a popular Halloween holiday in the USA, Canada and Ireland but is particularly important in the United States. The States have had a significant impact on how this festival is celebrated in other countries such as in the UK. Children and adults dress up in costumes and masks as the Celtics did all those years ago. You will see ghosts, witches, skeletons, vampires and even ET (!) walking around the streets. Children go trick-or-treating at night which involves dressing up and going around to the neighbours to ask for sweets and all sorts of wonderful goodies such as toffee apples!!

Some people also watch horror films and go to haunted attractions for extra ghoulish frights during the festival!

Will you be celebrating Halloween this year? We’d love to see a photo of your costume!

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