The rise of Halloween
Halloween, or as it's traditionally known 'All Hallows' Eve', is thought to have originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to warn off roaming ghosts. This day marked the end of summer and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. The Celts believed that on this night the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.
Nowadays, Halloween has evolved into a community-based event characterised by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. With a huge influence from the USA, a quarter of all sweets sold annually in the US is at Halloween, the concept of trick-or-treating was re-born in the early 1920s. It was a relatively cheap way to involve the whole community and get everyone together to celebrate.
The tradition of dressing up stems from the rationale that if people wore costumes they would avoid being recognised by fellow spirits. This tradition is definitely thriving with people going all out on fancy dress, Halloween is in fact the second largest commercial holiday in the US. So if you do decide to celebrate 'All Hallows Eve' this year then our Halloween Wood Bunting will make a great addition to your home and what's more it can be used time and time again.