October is with us and that means one thing. Halloween. The last celebration before the Christmas chaos starts. Halloween seems to be getting bigger and bigger each year with more and more people having parties and little ones going around their neighbour’s houses trick or treating.
But why do we celebrate Halloween? Every year we wear scary outfits, bob for apples and carve pumpkins - but why?
The Americanised Halloween that we experience now actually originated in the Celtic fringes of Britain, and was adapted by Christian traditions, immigrants' conventions and an insatiable desire for sweets.
The word comes from 'Hallowed evening', and is the day before All Hallows Day - also known as All Saints' Day
Halloween isn’t just spooky fun for kids, its big business. In the UK alone, this year we are set to spend £282million on Halloween – based products.
$6.9 billion is expected to be spent in the USA this year with $2.1 billion of that being on sweets/candy.
Tesco’s predict selling 3 million pumpkins this year, and the weight of the worlds heaviest pumpkin weighed 1.054kilogrames. That’s a lot of carving to be done!