What is Halloween?

Halloween is celebrated every year on the 31st of October. Although Halloween we know today is not we have known.

Halloween isn’t actually a modern day invention but only an adaption of an ancient festival from thousands of years ago. Halloween was originally called the Festival of Samhain where people would light fires and walk around the streets wearing masks. In 8th century England people believed that at this time of year, evil spirits were everywhere and the only way to ward them off was to wear masks at night.

Halloween was prominantly celebrated in North America it has now come across the pond, we now see the big supermarkets adapting what it is like there. Growing up visiting North America on holiday, we would go at October time and see poeples lawns covered in deorations. Costumes, decorations and food all over the shops, sort of like what you would see walking into a supermarket but more.

I love this time of year, being able to dress up, decorate the house, watch a scary movie and eat lots of delicious foods. Not forgetting pumpin carving. For me growing up my parents so it as an act of begging, for years my mum wouldn’t participate. It wasn’t until she realised that with children it’s a fun time for them to dress up, like I did when a Brownie myself but not inolve trick or treating.

Although I love this time of year, I hope here in the UK we don’t come too commercialised like in North America. As seeing people walk the streets, talking to strangers doesn’t really sit with me either. I’m torn between getting hyped up in the aspect of Halloween and what it really means…..

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