Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Trick or Treat

Did you know that the word Halloween is first thought to have been used as far back as the early 16th century and is thought to represent a Scottish enterpretation of the full title – All-Hallows-Even which itself represent the day before All Hallows’ Day otherwise known as All Saints Day. However the words All Hallows’ was found in Old English.

Halloween celebrated every year on the October 31 all around the world, and the most common ways of celebrating this day is by children going out Trick or Treating and the adults having fun fancy dress parties.

Cheeky Little Devil
Whilst Halloween is a day and evening originally meant for remembering all our Saints it is traditionally remembered and celebrated as a time of ghosts and witches as well as Pumpkin Lanterns and scary films.

Halloween Fact!

Did you know that the carving of pumpkins (otherwise known as Jack-o-lanterns) on Halloween was infact originally turnips! It was originally Scotland and Ireland that used to carve turnips in to lanterns as a symbol of remembering the souls that had been purified or temporarly punished so that they had been made ready for heaven.

It was Americans during the mid to late 19th century who used pumpkins to carve in to lanterns as they were much easier to cut through and they also grew much larger than the traditional turnip.

Wicked Witch of the West

Halloween themes and colours such as purples and greens, witches and ghosts  have developed throughout the centuries and more so over the past 50-100 years. It is now known as a fun time rather than the serious nature it once was about.