Halloween History & Traditions
Posted: 03-10-2013 12:02
Halloween is fast approaching so we have been looking at some of the history and traditions that make Halloween such a great night for all. Halloween is on 31st October and is a night of Parties, Fancy Dress, Scary Masks, Halloween Decorations, Pumpkins and Trick or Treating. Please let us know which traditions you take part in and if you have any of your own.
Halloween is an event which dates back 2000 years and is celebrated on 31st October. It is the eve of the Pagan Celtic Festival known as Samhain and is also known as Hallow's Eve. There are many traditions and activities that are a big part of Halloween. Orange and Black are the traditional colours associated with Halloween and are used for a range of Decorations including Garlands and Halloween Flags. A huge amount of Pumpkins are used as Lanterns with the insides scooped out and a candle placed inside. Costumes play a big part in Halloween festivities for Fancy Dress Parties as well as trick or treating where adults and children alike dress up as Witches, Monsters, Skeletons and Ghosts. Trick or treating is when children (and adults) go knocking on doors asking for a treat, usually sweets or they will cause trouble. Masks are also a popular choice to wear while trick or treating. Telling and hearing scary Ghost stories is another tradition as well apple bobbing which was a game for predicting destiny. It was believed that the first person to get out an apple without using their hands would be the first to marry. I love the customs of Halloween which are what makes it a fun night for everyone.
What is your favourite part of Halloween?