Halloween is also known as All Hollows’ Eve and is a holiday that is celebrated on October 31 of every year, and is observed around the world. October 31 is the eve before the western Christian feast of All Hallows. Trick or treating is a typical Halloween activity, along with dressing up in costumes, carving Jack-o-lanterns, and apple bobbing to name a few. Decorating with flowers and pumpkins is a great way to celebrate this fun day.
Halloween pumpkin containers filled with lovely Halloween colored flowers is a great decorating display for this fun day.
It is thought that Halloween was influenced by the Christian holy days of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Falling on Nov 1 and 2, they were a time for honouring the Saints and praying for the recently departed.
Symbols and artifacts associated with Halloween developed over time. For example, the carving of pumpkins into jack –o-lanterns came from the Christian souling custom of carving turnips into lanterns, in Ireland and Scotland turnips have traditionally been used at Halloween. The use of pumpkins came from immigrants to North America who started to use pumpkins instead of turnips as they were bigger and softer to carve.
Halloween imagery was derived from several sources which included national customs, works of horror and Gothic literature and from classic horror films. Pumpkins, corn husks and scarecrows are popular aspects of the fall season, and as such homes are often decorated with these items for Halloween. The traditional colours of Halloween are orange and black. Halloween fresh flower arrangements are also available and are often used to decorate for Halloween.
A customary celebration for children to do on Halloween is to go trick-or treating. Children dress up in costumes and go from house to house asking for treats which are usually that of candy. The practice of dressing up in different costumes and begging from door to door for treats goes back to the middle ages which included Christmas wassailing. The late medieval practice of souling resembles that of trick-or-treating where poor folks would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1st), receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls’ Day (November 2nd), which originated in Ireland and Britain.
Today Halloween is a holiday that children and adults both can enjoy and have fun with.