The history of Halloween - how it all started?
Halloween began as the festival of Samhain. It was part of the ancient Celtic religion in Britain and other parts of Europe.
At the end of summer, the Celts thought the barrier between our world and the world of ghosts and spirits got really thin. This meant weird creatures with strange powers could wander about on Earth. The Celts had a big party. It was all about scaring away the ghosts and spirits. Later, with the Christian religion, the day became known as All Hallows' Eve - the day before All Saints' Day on 1 November.
It's in America that Halloween has really taken off. Irish immigrants to the United States raised the popularity of Halloween during the 19th century.
During the 20th century it became more and more popular, with tradition like pumpkin carving and trick or treating and becoming part of TV shows, books and movies.
Why we say “Trick or Treat”
There’s no feeling quite like waiting for a stranger to open his or her door so you can scream the words “Trick or treat!” But why do we say it? What does it actually mean?
A children's custom of calling at houses at Halloween with the threat of pranks if they are not given a small gift (Candy, sweets, spooky treats).
What's with the pumpkins?
Jack-o-lantern is the real name for the carved pumpkin.
It is glowing face was supposed to scare away evil spirits. You carried it around the edge of your village or let it burn outside your house on Halloween night. In Ireland, Jack-o-lanterns were originally carved out of turnips (do you know this?). Lots of Irish people went to live in America. They still wanted to make lanterns, but they couldn't find enough turnips. So they used pumpkins instead.
How to carve a pumpkin?
Are you having a Halloween party, or just want to set the mood for trick-or-treaters? Follow this 4 easy steps to carving your own jack-o'-lantern pumpkin HERE.
10 Tips for throwing a Halloween party for kids
Planning a monster mash this Halloween? We have few tips for you to organise the best party of the year!
1. Make clever invites. The way you announce the "what, when, and where" can make the difference between a full house and one that seems like a ghost town. (Brilliant Halloween Crafts available HERE).
2. Plan ahead. Factor in the age of partygoers to make sure your party doesn't scare or bore anyone.
3. Decorate. Cast a spell on your home with decorations that will be the life of the party. Set aside a weekend afternoon to craft a few goodies, and have the kids lend a hand. Use easy-to-make decorations as a crafting activity the day of the party. Decorations HERE
4. Put it to music. If you lack ghosts in your house to provide spooky background noises, buy a CD of Halloween-appropriate tunes. With the right background music, your decorations will seem to come to life. Choose your music HERE.
5. Make monstrous munchies. It's the season for tricks! With minimal effort, ordinary munchies and sweets become extra-special treats.
6. Add fruits and veggies. Includes some healthy treats so you don't send little treaters home on a sugar high. Just add spook appeal to entice tykes to take a bit (See below section - Halloween snacks)
7. Keep it simple. Paper napkins and disposable plates, cups, and utensils are the kid-friendly and sensible way to serve goodies.
8. Play some games. Even though kids have a magical way of entertaining themselves, plan to fill some of the party time with activities. Try a sit-down crafting project and energy dance. A costume contest is always a hit. More ideas HERE.
9. Set up festive “photo booth”. Preserve the fun by taking lots of pictures. Designate a friend to be the photographer. In addition to candids, take a posed shot of each guest or set up a festive "photo booth" in a corner of a room (Photo Props HERE). After the party, mail a few photos to guests and make an online slide show to relive the fun.
10. Party bags. End your amazing Halloween party with little treat for every visitor. They will be over the moon to receive their very own party bag filled with festive goodies to take home. Find some inspiration HERE.
Fun (and Delicious!) Halloween Snack for kids
A party's not a party without a solid party food, right? Specially on Halloween you have to pull it onto the maximum. HERE are some spooky treats and Halloween snacks ideas.
Did you know what is the best candy to give a trick-or-treaters?? No? Don’t worry, we have the hot list of the best Halloween Treats for you.
5th Best Halloween Treat: Maltesers
4th Best Halloween Treat: Pop Rocks
3rd Best Halloween Treat: Jellies/Gummy
2nd Best Halloween Treat: Mini Chocolates Bars
1st Best Halloween Treat: Reese’s
Spooky Decorations and Fabulous Costumes
Create the best Halloween haunt on the block! Look for Halloween party supplies and decorations for all your scary party ideas! Dress to impress with the best costumes from some of our top retailers.
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