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  • Alexandra Desbiens

Halloween

Halloween is a time many people look forward to. Whether it is dressing up, eating candy or just having a great time with friends, Halloween is a time lots of people enjoy. But from where does Halloween originate?


The festive icon we celebrate as Halloween used to be called Samhain. This was a festival where bonfires were lit and costumes worn to scare away ghosts, as people use to believe ghosts and witches actually existed.

In the 8th century Pope Gregory II designated November 1st to honour saints, which became known as all Saints Day. Soon all Saints Day started incorporating elements of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve and later became known as Halloween.

Over time, Halloween evolved to children dressing up, people trick-or-treating, people decorating their houses and giving out sweets.


Halloween Tips and Tricks:

If you do not know what to dress up as, here are a few ideas to help you get started.

  • A black cat, or a witch… classics that never get lost in time.

  • You can dress up as your favourite book character or your favourite inspirational person.

  • You can go matching with someone else or you can do a group of related characters if you are more than one person.

  • Creative daily items, for example colouring pens are also a great idea.

  • If you are going to a Halloween party with family or friends you can all go based on a theme, which is a potential cause for trouble but also a very enjoyable experience.

If you are not going trick or treating, watching a Halloween movie and eating sweets is also a great way to spend Halloween. An alternative suggestion could be to make scary Halloween objects from things you have at home and try to scare family members with it. ONLY do this if they allow you to!

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