Halloween is finally here. Halloween, also known as ‘All Hallows Eve’’ dates back to the ancient Celtic celebration Samhain. Samhain started in Ireland and Scotland and marked the end of summer. People at the time were frightened of evil spirits and would dress up in costumes and light bonfires in the belief that it would make the evil spirits go away. People also believed that the dead returned to earth on this night. We have listed below the top 5 things you can do to celebrate All Hallows Eve.
· Carve pumpkins - This origin comes from an Irish myth about ‘’Stingy Jack’’. The myth entails Jack, who tricked the Devil for his own financial gain. When Jack died, God didn’t allow him into heaven, and the Devil didn’t let him into hell, so Jack was sentenced to roam the earth forever. People started to carve faces out of turnips to frighten away Jack’s soul that would wander the earth on Halloween night. The tradition is still going on to this day, but with carving pumpkins. Carving pumpkins on Halloween night is a fun way to keep this tradition going.
· Make Pumpkin soup - Autumn is when the pumpkin harvest comes in, so Autumn is always the best time to make warm pumpkin soup on those chilly Autumn nights. Find the recipe at www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/pumpkin-soup
· Watch a spooky film – When is the best time to watch spooky or horror movies other than spooky season? Whether it’s a classic like Hocus Pocus, or a really scary one, sitting back and watching a film in the dark is a great way to set the mood on Halloween night.
· Play a Halloween game – there are many games you can play this spooky season. One of the most popular games is ‘’Forehead Detective’’ You give each player a sticky note with a popular Halloween word or costume idea written down, and you have them place it on their forehead. They'll have to ask other party-goers questions until they figure out what is written down. A great game for everyone.
· Make Halloween-style drinks – These could be both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. A Halloween-style drink is a perfect way to end the night and really get into the Halloween spirit. Have a look at www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection /halloween-mocktail-recipes for non-alcoholic recipes and www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/halloween-drinks-recipes for alcoholic recipes.