- October 31st 2013
It’s Halloween… get those pumpkins carved and prepare yourself for a night of spooky activities. Halloween is a time for both celebration and superstition, and has become a major event on the British calendar, a night when parties are held, children dress up and the trick or treaters are out in force. So where did it all begin?
Halloween is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs and called it All Saints’ Day. This day incorporated some of the traditions that were originally celebrated on Samhain. The evening before became known as All Hallows’ Eve and later adapted to Halloween.
Over time, Halloween evolved into community-based events characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving (see our guide below!). These days you would be hard pushed to miss Halloween, it has become a very commercial event but also a great excuse to get together with friends and family and enjoy a frighteningly good time.
Happy Halloween !