Spooky Halloween adventures
Spooky season has arrived and winter is on its way, so why not embrace the chill and have a go at some of our fun Halloween activities? From classic pumpkin carving and ghost stories, to some more unconventional activities like after hours ghost tours, you can feel spooked in any way you please.
Discover our Halloween events for 2019.
British folklore and the history of Halloween
Halloween – traditionally written as Hallowe’en – marks a time to welcome the darker evenings as we approach winter. In Tudor times, this was an opportunity to pray for the souls of the departed, and people would ring bells to help trapped souls in purgatory move on to their final resting places. To remember those who have moved on to the other side, offerings of flowers and lighted candles are traditionally left on All Hallows’ Eve (or All Soul’s Night). The Halloween festival is thought to have its origins in an older Celtic festival, Samhain, which marks the end of the harvest season.
Other rituals are embedded into the history of Halloween, like one from 19th century Buckinghamshire. Light a candle and insert two pins through the wick as it burns, while reciting: ‘It’s not this candle alone I stick, but [name]’s heart I mean to prick, whether they be asleep or awake, I’d have them come to me and speak’.
Read more about Halloween – and other folklore - in 'A Treasury of British Folklore' by Dee Dee Chainey.
Find a Halloween event near you
Take a look at what Halloween events are happening at our places near you.