A Guide to Halloween
Everyone loves Halloween don’t they? That is unless you’re scared of ghosts, spiders, ghoulish noises…and of course those little trick or treaters! But our guide to Halloween will give you all the knowledge you need to make it fun and scary at the same time
Halloween is the first big celebration after a long summer, when the nights are drawing in and days getting cooler. So it’s the perfect time for a dress up and boo-zy cocktail. And each year Halloween gets bigger and bigger, with Halloween parties at most clubs actually being bigger than NYE parties! But chances are if you’re reading this you’d rather do a bit of trick or treating before heading home to put the kids to bed and sipping some hot cocoa. So here’s our guide to Halloween and what you can do with your little ones to celebrate it.
The word Halloween itself means “hallowed evening.” Halloween occurs on 31st October because the ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain occurred on this day. It was at this time of the year, when seasons changed, that people thought the ‘barrier’ between this world and the dead became ‘thinner’. So they thought that at this time they would be able to connect with the dead. This belief is also shared by some other cultures; for example there are mentioning’s of this around the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which also typically occurs in October. This is why Halloween is essentially seen as a ‘haunted’ occasion
So where did Costumes and Trick or Treating come from?
Many believe people used to dress up in animal hides in order to disguise themselves from the ghosts from the other side. These, as with many traditions, evolved over time and we now have the fun costume element of the modern day. Many people are also thought to have dressed up as saints to go from door to door reciting songs to the other side. Children would also go from door to door asking for “soul cakes,” a treat similar to biscuits. Eventually they became a part of the Halloween tradition. Interestingly it wasn’t until the early 1900’s that ‘trick or treating’ came about, mainly in the U.S through children merely wanting candy and threatening neighbours with pranks!
Halloween for Babies and Toddlers
Halloween can be a magical time for parents, babies and toddlers. Obviously dressing your baby up in a ‘My First Halloween baby grow’ is a rite of passage and definitely one for the scrap book. And how adorable would they look in a Halloween sleepsuit at bedtime? But beyond baby Halloween outfits there’s a whole host of fun. Pumpkin carving is so much fun and the flickering lights really catch a baby’s attention. What’s even better is being able to use the mashed pumpkin for weaning babies or for soups for toddlers. They love the natural sweetness! Making Halloween decorations is great fun and it expands toddlers’ vocabulary as they learn all about the various props – just be careful when they ask ‘what’s a ghost’? Play groups now tend to have Halloween themed events but do get busy, so be sure to sign up early.
Lastly, of course trick or treating is a must do for Halloween. It’s fun and the atmosphere is always lovely as parents and children are out in their droves. Our personalised trick or treat bags are a great alternative to the plastic buckets. These trick or treat bags are better for the environment too, you can store them away easily until next year and, erm, they’re personalised!
Halloween Events for Children
It’s October during that time and so a perfect way to celebrate Halloween in style. A great event for families is Firs Farm Halloween In The Woods 2019. If you’re close enough to Watford or fancy a day trip, the Harry Potter world has announced the return of its Master the Dark Arts shows. Returning this year, the iconic Great Hall set will be decorated with over 100 floating pumpkins, as seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The shows run from 27th September to 10th November. And what better way to attend these events than when wearing a personalised t shirt for Halloween. You can even let the kids design their own t shirt for Halloween in our design studio. Or perhaps you want to have a go at creating a spooky custom baby grow for you little one.
We, at Sonality HQ, personally love Halloween jokes. They’re a big part of Halloween yes they’re usually terrible. They are typically of the cheesy kind and, well we’re kind of a cheesy crew! They’re perfect for little ones who have a grasp of the theme…and for big children (adults) too of course! Here’s our top pick:
- Why did the policeman ticket the ghost on Halloween? Because it didn’t have a haunting license.
- What would you eat on a picnic on a haunted beach? A sand-witch!
- Two monsters went to a Halloween party. Suddenly one said to the other, “A lady just rolled her eyes at me. What should I do?” The other monster replied, “Be a gentleman and roll them back to her.”
- Why didn’t the vampire bite Taylor Swift? Because she had bad blood.
- Why did Dracula take cold medicine? To stop his coffin
Ok so terrible jokes over with, we hope you and your little ones have a lovely and safe Halloween