Halloween is upon us and is a mysterious, magical and sometimes scary time of the year!
But, where did it all come from?
In honour of this spooky day, that happens once a year, we have lifted the lid on some facts surrounding the day!
- Halloween is always celebrated on the same day of the year, which is the 31st
- It is also one of the oldest worldwide recognised celebrations of the year, dating way back over 2000 years back to the time when then Celts were living in Britain
- As well as being known as Halloween, there are many more names worldwide that the day is known as, such as: All Hallows Eve, Samhain, All Hallowtide, The Feast of the Dead and The Day of the Dead
- The correct way to spell Halloween is actually, Hallowe’en
- When Christianity came to England and the rest of Europe many, many years ago, 1st November became a day dedicated to saints who didn’t have a special day of their own, which was called All Saints Day. The saints performed a mass called ‘All hallows mass’ and the night before became known as All Hallows E’en and eventually Hallowe’en or Halloween, expelling all of the evil.
- These days, the colours orange and black are associated with Halloween and it is thought that this is because the orange colour is associated with the harvest of crops and black is associated with death – merge the two together to make the traditional Halloween colours.
- It was once thought that black cats were originally believed to protect witches’ powers from negative forces and protect them.
A few old witches’ tales:
If you ring a bell, it will scare away evil spirits
If you see a spider on the night of Halloween, it could well be that of passed relative looking down on you
And if you want to meet a witch, legend says to put on your clothes inside out and walk round backwards – but only on Halloween!