To other, normal people, October may just be like any other month but to people like you and me it’s the best time of year because something that we have been waiting all year for happens at the end of the month… Halloween!
The sweets, the decorations and let’s not forget the most important part: the supernatural. The origins of Halloween differ depending on what you believe, for instance, Gaels believed that it was a time when the walls between our world and the next became thin and porous, allowing spirits to pass through, come back to life on the day and damage their crops. Places were set at the dinner table to appease and welcome the spirits. Gaels would also offer food and drink, and light bonfires to ward off the evil spirits.
Superstitions also play a massive role when celebrating Halloween because of how close we are to the supernatural so you best believe that I’ll be avoiding black cats, bats and walking under ladders. Some superstitions are believed to be good to take part in like making jack-o-lanterns which are used by spirits to help them find their way around the world again.
For me Halloween is more about the supernatural side of it, I strongly believe that on the 31st of October the void between the world of the living and the dead is at its most fragile. I come from Celtic roots and beliefs so I’ve grown up following these crazy theories and stories. I do think the fun side of the holiday is the decorations and just the overall atmosphere that surrounds it as I know for a fact that I am always happier around Halloween as everyone is celebrating life and just enjoying themselves. Seeing kids and adults have fun dressing up and trick or treating and just taking part in the numerous Halloween activities is just so lovely and heart-warming to see.
There’s so much for people to do during this holiday and take part in so I’m sure even if you don’t believe in the history of Halloween you can still have fun and find something to do this spooky season.
Here are some spooky ideas on how you could celebrate Halloween:
- Have a Halloween party! Make everyone dress up! Make it a theme party! Have fun celebrating the holiday!
- Bobbing for apples! It’s a classic Halloween tradition!
- Watch scary movies! Or if you don’t like them you can just watch any kind of film to do with Halloween!
- Take part in trick or treating! Go out or stay in but be involved!
- Carve pumpkins! It’s fun and has a spooky origin story!
- Visit a haunted house! It can be a fun and scary way to celebrate!
- Take a ghost tour! See how haunted your home town is!
- Staying at home? Play scary video games!
So remember kids, stay spooky and kooky and don’t be a buzz kill!