Halloween is coming on the 31st October, but do you know the origins of the scariest day of the year? How will you be celebrating and what spooky shenanigans do you have planned? Today’s blog post will tell you everything you need to know about the history of Halloween and give you some funny ideas for joining in with the celebration.
The origin of Halloween
This scary calendar date began as an ancient Celtic festival around 2000 years ago. But it wasn’t quite so spooky back then. The day marked the end of the summer harvest and was called Samhain (pronounced sow-in). People would light bonfires and dress up in costumes. They believed this would scare off ghosts who would otherwise damage crops and cause trouble during the winter.
Hundreds of years later, the Christian church began celebrating ‘All Souls Day’ on 1st November so ‘All-Hallows Eve’ was the night before. People would tell ghost stories and get up to all kinds of mischief, which later became the ‘trick or treat’ tradition. Getting the community together for Halloween parties began in the late 1800s and Halloween has been a fun celebration ever since!
Funny things to do on Halloween
It’s a day for dressing up and making mischief so now’s your chance to do something funny. We think these illuminated stick figure costumes are hilarious and are just the right combination of scary and silly! Fancy dress outfits don’t need to cost a fortune on Halloween; just adding a few low-cost accessories such as a witch’s hat, cat ears or skeleton mask to your usual black clothing can turn a regular outfit into something scary.
At this time of year there are plenty of scary maze experiences and haunted houses opening up their doors for brave folk to explore. If you don’t mind jumping out of your skin, this could be a fun activity for a group to do. You can award a prize to your bravest buddy if they manage to survive a terrifying trail without screaming.
If you’re staying in on Halloween night, why not watch a scary movie with your friends? Or if that’s too freaky for you, how about finding the Halloween episodes of your favourite sitcom box sets and re-watch those. If you want to get a bit of a party going, browse Spotify’s Halloween playlists to find some themed music for your evening in.
Even if you’re working or going to college on Halloween it doesn’t mean you can’t get involved in all the spooky shenanigans. Why not pull on a pair of scary socks underneath your suit trousers to get into the Halloween spirit (pun intended!)? Screamy Ed adds a crazy orange, red and black pattern to your outfit and his face will shock your friends when you take off your boots. You can also choose to build your own paper model.
Crazy carved pumpkins
A fun day out in October is a trip to the local pumpkin patch. Little ones will enjoy choosing and picking their own pumpkin and adults can get a cool selection of colourful gourds that’ll look great on Instagram. Once you get your pumpkins home, carving them together as a family is a fun activity. Grown-ups can cut the pumpkin and youngsters can help to scoop out the seeds. If you need inspiration for a fun pumpkin design head over to Pinterest and hit search. They don’t need to be scary faces; we’ve seen plenty of cats, smiling pumpkins, city landscapes and even Disney princesses!