October 31st, ought to be the one night of the year when ghosts, witches, and all sorts of ghastly beings are especially active. When in reality, the night is spent stood at our front doors, greeting funnily dressed and hyperactive children wanting sweets! Yes, it’s that time of year again already – Halloween!
Halloween is reportedly the second most popular family occasion behind Christmas, with many of us throwing parties and going trick-or-treating.
- Folding tables for food and drink provided at the party
- Bins to try and keep your house clean throughout the evening
- Cleaning equipment for the morning after
- Cable protectors – to stop your guests tripping over speaker cables!
- Samhainophobia – the fear of Halloween
- The largest pumpkin recorded weighed in at 1,446lbs – over 103 stone, in 2004 in Ontario, Canada
- Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween
- Halloween is also referred to as – All Hallows Eve, Samhain, All Hallow Tide, The Feast of the Dead, The Day of the Dead
- Halloween comes from All Hallow Eve, the eve (night before) All Hallows Day. In other words, Halloween is the eve of All Saints Day
- It is thought that the colours orange and black became synonymous with Halloween because orange is typically associated with harvests (Halloween marks the end of harvest) and black is associated with death
- Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year
- The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips
- It’s estimated £4 million will be spent of trick or treat confectionery in the UK this year
- Black cats are associated with Halloween because they were once believed to be witch’s subordinates who protected their master’s dark powers
Why do we celebrate Halloween?
Halloween has origins in pagan festivals held around the end of October in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. People believed that, at this time of year, the spirits of dead people could come ‘alive’ and walk among the living. They thought that it was important to dress up in costumes when venturing outside, to avoid being harmed by the spirits. This is thought to be the origin of the Halloween costumes seen today.
Whether you’re holding a party, going trick-or-treating with your children, or on door duty – make sure you’re prepared for the spooky night antics, and head to Western Industrial Products for those last minute party extras!
Article compiled by: Laura Pay-Savage