What is Halloween?
Halloween or Hallowe'en, also called All Hallows' Eve and All Saints' Eve is an annual celebration on October 31st the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day, the time of the year dedicated to remembering the dead. Halloween falls on a Monday in 2016.
Interesting facts about Halloween
- Halloween is one of the oldest festivals in the world, first being celebrated over 2000 years ago.
- The idea of trick-or-treating was taken from an ancient Celtic tradition which involved leaving out food for the hostile spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain. Samhain was a sacred festival that took place at the end of the Celtic calendar year.
- Most of the pumpkins sold in the UK end up being carved and used as Halloween decorations.
Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, wearing Halloween fancy dress costumes, carving and decorating pumpkins, apple bobbing, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.
There are lots of ideas for Halloween all year round from Tesco Living online. Everything from Halloween face painting tutorials to no-carve Halloween pumpkin ideas.
Halloween recipes are available all year round. Inspiring recipes for everything from the monster meringues to the Halloween soup from Tesco Real Food: Halloween recipes. Make Halloween a night to remember for your little monsters. From eerie Pear Ghosts to Eyeball Cake Pops, we've got plenty of fun recipes to give them a thrill - and for the adults, why not celebrate spooky season with a Bloody Mary?