It's nearly time to dust off the old costume box and break out the make up bag for the kids.
Hallows' Eve or All Saints Eve, is historically a day for remembering the dead, including saints(hallows) and martyrs and the faithfully departed. Some religions are said to have abstained from meat on Hallows eve, instead celebrating with vegetarian dishes like potato pancakes and soul cakes.
So why do kids now go from house to house filling their buckets with candy? Well this goes back to our soul cakes. In the early days this tradition was called souling, when groups of soulers would go from parish to parish begging the rich for soul cakes in exchange for praying for the souls of the family and friends of the givers. This has slowly evolved over the many years to Trick or Treating.
This year is a little different however, with current restrictions and hygiene taking the priority, going house to house filling up buckets of candy may need some rethinking.
Here are our 5 tips to bringing Halloween home for your kids this year:
1. Face Painting & dress up - what is a Halloween if you don't get into costume!
2. Torchlight treasure Hunt - scatter treats around the house for the kids to find, to add a little spooky to it, hit the lights and give the kids torches.
3. Pumpkin Carving - create your own jacko-lanterns by hollowing a pumpkin, carving the skin and put a candle inside to light the steps.
4. Spooky Snacks - get creative by baking some ginger-ghost men or monster cookies
5. Scary Movie Marathon - roll on a few of your scary favourites while enjoying your snacks at home. If you are looking for something a bit light hearted and fun check out Hocus Pocus or The Addams Family. If you are looking for a movie where you will be hiding behind your blanket check out Hereditary or The Conjouring.
Whatever you go with we hope you have a Happy Halloween!