Happy Halloween! 

It seems to be the holiday that keeps getting more and more attention every year and this year is no different. I don’t know about you, but around my neighbourhood I have seen houses decorated and people dressed in ghoulish costumes to celebrate ol’ hallows eve; a holiday that until a few years ago was something we here in Australia had only ever seen in American movies!

As a new holiday, I thought I would share with you a few little known facts about the festival so you can decide if it is something you want to ignore, or take part in;

  1. Halloween originates from a Celtic tradition called Samhain, a festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year in Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man.
  2. Hallowmas is a three-day Catholic holiday where saints are honoured and people pray for the recently deceased.
  3. Versions of trick-or-treating have existed since medieval times. In the past, it children and poor adults who put on costumes during Hallowmas begging for food and money in exchange for songs or prayers. 
  4. Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of Halloween day that dated back to era 4000 BC.

If you do want to get into the Halloween spirit, why not doing something like;

  • Decorate your building.
  • Advertise a time that kids can come and play ‘trick or treat’ safely
  • Run a costume making course
  • Run a scary movie night
  • Have a Halloween party

It doesn’t look like Halloween is going anywhere but I don’t see it getting as out of control as it is in the States where it is the most commercialised holiday outside of Christmas! So for now, you have the option to get as involved as you want – or just pretend it’s not happening at all :)

Hope you all have a wonderful month and as always, drop me a line if you want me to cover a specific topic or if you need any help with your listing

Happy Halloween!

Deb