Halloween is creeping just around the corner, and now you almost cannot go outside a door or turn on the television without facing pumpkins, glow-in-the-dark skeletons or fake blood on the shop shelves!
So we could not resist the temptation to provide you with a brief parental guide.
When is Halloween ?
According to superstitions, the night between 31 October and 1 November is the night where the dead are easiest to return to the living world (possibly to scare or make accounts).
Halloween also is also a transitional festival between summer and winter. A welcome to winter and a goodbye to summer.
Why is it called Halloween?
It is called Halloween because it’s the evening before All Hallows Day also known as All Saints’ Day.
All Saints’ Day is a memorial day for the deceased relatives and friends, highlighted by lights, and flowers that remind you of the dear ones who have passed away in the past year.
Why do you dress up on Halloween?
Halloween has always been characterized by carnival. On this evening there are costumes that relate to death, such as zombies, skeletons, murdered brides, demon masks and the likes.
But the traditions we associate with Halloween are derived from the Celts.
Where does the pumpkin derive from?
Originally, the Celtics used oars to light up their celebration of their New Year. Lights, which from the start have had the scary faces that they have today.
The meaning of the terrifying lights was to keep the spirits of the dead away so that they could not hurt the living.
But when the first English pilgrims came to America, they had to find something else as there were no oars left in America with them.
On the other hand, there were plenty of pumpkins, and they still stand today as a bright orange symbol of halloween.
Put a pumpkin out if you want a visit
Place a pumpkin light at the door or driveway for visitors.
It may keep the dead away, but plenty little monsters will be haunting you instead!
And then it’s about having the candy bowl ready
Chocolate bars, lollipops and other wickedly sugary things are popular on Halloween.
But sweet cakes that people originally handed out before the retail industry recently came into the market again and is also a good bet!
If you happen to have more of a green tooth, you can of course choose to hand out anything but candy, but you may not be popular with the trick-or-treaters.
Trick or treat?
Children of all ages venture from door to door shouting trick-or-treat when you open!
If you do not cough up with something for the children, they will return and scare you senseless, just like the spirits you were trying to keep away!