It’s that time of year again, when Halloween is on upon us. People head out dressed as ghouls and mummies and it’s a great fun night out. In the UK it is less adopted than in the US, but did you know the tradition actually started in the UK for a totally different reason?
It’s an amalgamation of two things. The first is the night before Hallows Day (1st of November) which signals the end of the harvest and the beginning of the winter. Farmers used to carve turnips to celebrate the end of all their hard work. This tradition, in hand with the poor visiting the rich and being given money in exchange for their prayers for the dead, is how Halloween and trick or treating came about. If the rich didn’t offer a gift in exchange for prayers, then the theory was that their ghosts would come back and wreak havoc.
Which brings us back to modern day Halloween. Or all Hallows Eve, which I think sounds better and far creepier!
When I was younger I was never allowed to go trick or treating, or go to Halloween parties. My Mum saw it as a form of begging and didn’t think it was very safe, but then ten years ago it wasn’t so widely celebrated in the UK. I don’t have any trick or treating stories to share, but I would love to hear yours!
I was invited to a Halloween party this weekend, but I didn’t go as I think I have caught a mild strain of the Bubonic Plague. Friday night was spent in with my hot water bottle and cold medicine, and the weekend has remained fairly tame which is a shame as I love some white face paint and lashings of fake blood!
When I worked in lettings there was a house that we were trying to let a good few miles away. No one wanted it because the village was a bit creepy and the house a little run down, but we made our best efforts to do viewings on it regardless. A few days before Halloween that year I had an evening viewing out there, so made the drive through the village to see scores of scarecrow like dummies perched on fences and hiding in driveways, dressed up as various Halloween creepies. It turns out that the village follow traditions from decades gone and decorate these dummies to ward of the ghosts and ghouls and protect the villagers on All Hallows Eve. Great, but thoroughly disturbing when driving through at night if you aren’t expecting it!
Favourite Halloween film: Hocus Pocus. I absolutely adore the bit when the witches fly off on the vacuum cleaner.
Favourite Halloween song: The Monster Mash. My Mum does a great impression!
Favourite Halloween costume: My bat one was pretty special. I used an umbrella for wings, but got stuck in it after a few drinks and ruined a perfectly good cardigan!
On the subject of Halloween costumes, don’t forget to enter my fancy dress competition.
What are your Halloween favourites?
If you haven’t already don’t forget to enter my fancy dress competition!