The History of Halloween and what to do if you’re too old for Trick-or-Treating!
Halloween is just around the corner, but have you ever stopped to wonder why we actually celebrate it? Plus there’s some tips for last minute Halloween plans.
Halloween and Its History
Halloween is celebrated across the world on the night of October 31st.
Modern day celebrations generally involve groups of children dressed as spooky characters wandering from house to house, shouting “trick-or-treat” as you open your door. ‘Pretending’ to fear the worst, you usually just hand over a large amounts of sweets to avoid whatever gruesome tricks may have been dreamt up by these little monsters. The origins of these celebrations however go back thousands of years, even to pagan times.
The origins of Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Until 2,000 years ago, the Celts lived across the lands we know as Britain, Ireland and northern France; essentially farming and agricultural people. Samhain marked the end of summer, the harvest and the beginning of the dark cold winter. The festival symbolised the boundary between the world of the living and the dead.
It was believed that on the night of October 31st, ghosts of the dead would revisit the mortal world and large bonfires were lit in each village in order to ward off any evil spirits that may be at large.
What to do on Halloween?
Things to do on Halloween besides knocking down your neighbours doors for sweet treats.
You’re officially too old for trick-or-treating (and still haven’t emotionally healed from having to say goodbye to all those free goodies – so long, sugar fix) so here are a few alternatives…
- If you’re able to throw a party, why not?
Come up with a theme and have your guests dress based on this, it could be anything from a film or you might want to go with the idea of zombies, demons and ghosts or even your favourite DC character.
Once you’ve got your theme out of the way you can then decide how you will host, will you fill your friends with laughter or fear? The choice is yours.
- Low-key Get Together
If you don’t feel like going out why not just have a few friends round?
You could just have a fuddle and watch a few films, there’s always plenty to watch around Halloween. Tell spooky stories or you could play pranks on one another – try not to fall out though.
- Have any younger siblings?
If you don’t have any plans and won’t be joining the dark side this Halloween, instead of having your siblings running around the house why not take the young padawans trick-or-treating?
Alternatively you could get creative and carve some pumpkins, youngsters always like to get involved with this sort of stuff.
None of the above?
If you’re looking for something more to do on Halloween just quickly search the internet there’s plenty of suggestions. Don’t go too overboard though, you don’t know what may be lurking around the next corner…