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How to Have a Frightfully Good Time on Halloween

Halloween is almost here, with celebrations being on and around the 31st of October.  The festival is thought to have originated from ancient Celtic and Pagan rituals of All Hallows Eve, a time to observe the turning of the seasons and remember the dead.  Read on to discover some great ways to celebrate Halloween in the UK.

Trick or Treating:  Many children in the UK go trick-or-treating during Halloween.  Children dress up in spooky costumes and go to other peoples’ houses, knocking on the door for treats, sweets, and snacks. Those who do not give out a treat may be tricked with a joke instead.

Bobbing for Apples:  A traditional Halloween game in which a tub or large basin is filled with water and apples.  Because apples are less dense than water, they will float at the surface.  Players then try to catch one with their teeth without using their arms; which are often are tied behind the back to prevent cheating.

Carving Pumpkins:  Families often spend time carving large pumpkins or turnips together to represent ghostly, ghoulish and comical faces.  The pumpkins are hollowed out and candles are placed inside so they can be used as decorations during the Halloween period.

Telling Scary Stories and Watching Horror Films:  Halloween is a great time of year for groups of friends to get together and camp in the back garden to tell scary stories.  As not everyone likes to be outside in late October in the UK, many people often stay up late watching scary movies instead!

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