Halloween is the complaintive holiday that is celebrated every year in the month of October. Modern-day Halloween celebrations are all about children dressing in scary costumes. The kids roam street to street, knock on every door and ask for “Trick or Treat”. Fearing and most intimidating households, give generous treats to children in form of corn candy, chocolates, and sweets.
Origins of Halloween
The main origin of Halloween is connected with the ancient Samhain festival of Cultic. 2000 years, Celts lived in a land that is now known as Britain, Northern France, and Ireland. Celts were a pretty farming and agricultural community. Celtic people determined their pre-Christian years by growing seasons. According to history, Samhain symbolised the harvest & end of the summer season, and the cold nights of winter. This Celtic festival represented a thin boundary between life and death.
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What day is Halloween 2021?
Originally, 13th May was considered as annual Halloween day. In the times of Pop George III, Halloween was celebrated on November 9th, in the honor of all saints. But now in modern times, we celebrate Halloween in the month of October and we will celebrate Halloween 2021 on Sunday, 31st October.
Is there a public holiday on Halloween in UK?
No, Halloween is not a public holiday. Halloween 2021 in the UK is on Sunday. In the United Kingdom, most of the businesses open up on their regular timings. Every year, different events occur on Halloween day in UK.
As we all know, because of pandemics our all fun activities are fall apart. Now there are social distancing and strict SOP rules that we all have to follow. Do you want to make the most out of your Halloween festival? The answer to your question is in this article. Here, we are going to discuss every single thing that you can do and enjoy on Halloween 2021 in the UK.
What do people do on Halloween in the UK?
On Halloween day, people arrange different theme parties at their houses. At those parties, guests are expected to show up dress-up in theme costumes. At cinema houses, there is always a long line of people waiting to watch horror movies.
Many business owners and stores see Halloween as a big treat day. Halloween is a great chance for them to boost their sales. People go mad to buy the scariest costume. Different workplaces and offices arrange Halloween theme parties for their colleagues. Halloween is not treated as a public holiday in the United Kingdom. That’s the reason; businesses see this festival as a chance to promote their level.
Halloween is the favourite season for kids to get as many sweets and chocolates as they wish. On this day, kids dress up in scary costumes and roam in the streets. They knock on different people’s doors and ask them for “Trick or Treat”. Feeling scared and intimidated by the costumes of kids, people treat them with chocolates, candies, and sweets. Those who refuse to treat kids get to pay with awful jokes.
Public Life on Halloween in the UK
Halloween day is not treated as a bank holiday in Britain. Educational institutes, businesses, industries, and other business organisations open at their usual times. Also, public transport in the UK runs according to its daily timetable.
Little Sneak Peek about Background
Halloween has its origins in Pagan festivals that were held at the end of every October in England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. In the old times, people considered Halloween as the day of dead people on which they would come alive. They thought it is important to dress up in scary costumes at night and avoid any harm from other presences.
During Puritan Times, the Halloween festival and all its celebrations were outlawed by the government. But later, it was revived. In past, people called Halloween with different names. In history, the Halloween festival is also known as Nut-Crack Night, Candle Night, and Thump-the-door/apple Night.
In the times of Pop George III, Halloween was named All Hallows Eyes or the Day before All Saint’s Day. Some people also believed that some of Halloween themes represent all the women accused of witchcraft in old times. Those women were choked to death by repeatedly ducking into ponds. If a woman drowned in water, she was declared clean or innocent. If a woman were survived, she was considered a witch and burnt at palisade.
Moreover, some of the modern Halloween celebrations (including carving lanterns out of vegetables) were also originated a long time ago. Many customs and traditions that originated in the United States are also allocated in the United Kingdom.
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Symbols of Halloween
There are different symbols that represent Halloween. The color orange and black is considered as spooky and scary. Other Halloween symbols such as Pumpkin Lantern, witches, ghosts, spirits, wizards are related to horror films. Some animals are also associated with this festival including spiders, bats & black cats.
Celebrate Halloween in UK Traditions
In UK traditions, the Halloween festival was considered a Children’s Game Night. There are few famous traditional Halloween games such as crafting pumpkin lanterns, carve hollow faces in the vegetables, a bucket full of water with few apples (name as bobbing apples), asking people for Trick or Treat and share ghosts stories. The faces made out of vegetables are normally illuminated with candles. Children display pumpkin lanterns on their room’s window to scare evil spirits.
Classic Halloween Movies to Watch
Due to pandemics most of the Halloween events are cancelled or allow limited public. So how you can make the most out of your Halloween day? Get ready to enjoy a movie night filled with spooky spirit stories, hair-raising flicks, and spell bindings. There is a bunch of Halloween movies that you can watch at home or in cinemas.
- Scream (1996)
- It’s the Great Pumpkin (1966)
- The Addams Family (1991)
- Addams Family Value (Sequel of The Adams Family) (1993)
- The Omen (1974)
- Hocus Pocus (1993)
- The Haunted Mansion (2003)
- Friday the 13th (1980)
- Halloween (1978)
- Labyrinth (1986)
- Beetlejuice (1988)
- Get Out (2017)
- Paranormal Activity (1991)
- The Conjuring (2013)
- Halloween Kills (2021)
- The Nun (2014)
- Don’t Listen (2020)
- The Dead Don’t Die (2019)
- The8th Night (2021)
- The Silence (2019)
- Sinister (2012)
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Best Halloween Events in the UK
In October, all the excitement for Halloween starts building up. Halloween is just around the corner and it is the time to get your witch hats and scary costumes out of the trunks. With several Halloween events for both kids and adults in the country, it is time to enjoy some family-friendly best Halloween events in the UK.
The Dark Arts (Watford, Hertfordshire)
With witchcraft and wands, The Dark Arts are back with its Harry Porter studio and theme. From late September to the start of November, Warner Bros start studio tours. These tours will be permeated with the symbols of Lord Voldemort. From its Great Hall to 1000 floating pumpkins and giant spiders in Forbidden Forests, there will be several spooky activities to enjoy.
Haunted Castle Tours (Edinburg, Dungeon)
Be ready to solve the mysteries of haunted castles. Explore the scary castles fill with stairs and skeletons of witches. Be careful about who you follow up on your tours. If you are in the city for the Halloween festival then you must take a day OFF to experiment with all the spooky activities in haunted castles.
Spooky Farm Fun _ Tapnell Farm Park (Yarmouth, Isle Wight)
Are you ready to explore the biggest patch of pumpkins this year in Tapnell Farm Park? Meet witch Wand and join her team of Scatty Scarecrows. Pick a pumpkin of your choice directly from the stalk, you can carve your pumpkin at Pimp my Pumpkin tent. At the cabin, you can turn your magical pumpkin into a scary masterpiece.
Brick or Treat (LEGOLAND Windsor)
From taking part in a spooky costume competition to follow the Creepy Crypt Trail, there are different activities to enjoy at the Brick or Treat event. This year, Lord Vampire is all ready to sink its teeth into the Pumpkins of Monster’s Rocker Trail.
The Ghost Bus Tour (London)
If you are also a fan of scary stories then get your hands on the limited ticked of The Ghost Bus Tour in London. Buckle up your seats and recount on scariest stories of the main attractions of the city such as the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and The Houses of Parliament.
How to Celebrate Halloween in UK?
Halloween 2021 falls out on Sunday which means everyone will be at home. From camping in the garden to make scary snacks and throwing spooky parties, discover the ways of people to celebrate Halloween in the UK.
- Carving faces on the pumpkin
- Making witch dresses with black & orange color
- Carve hollow faces on vegetables
- Watch scary movies
- Make spooky treats for kids
- Create a Halloween Night music playlist
- Throw adult Halloween party
- Play Halloween games (including face painting contests, pin the spider, and a race to wrap mummy)
- Tell ghost stories
- Watch full moon from camps
- Go for camping with family
- Explore any strange place
Excited for Halloween 2021 or not? Be ready to explore new levels of excitement on Halloween this year. Be sure to share your Halloween ideas with us and don’t forget to give us your feedback.