Halloween in the UK can be traced back to Pagan Festivals held around the end of October. In the past it was believed that at this time of year the spirits of the dead could come alive and walk among the living. It was thought that by dressing up in costumes when going outside you would avoid being harmed by the spirits.
Halloween used to be called All Hallows Eve which is the day before All Saints’ Day, observed on 1 November. Halloween is also known as Knock-a-door night and Apple and Candle night.
In the UK, Halloween has traditionally been celebrated by children and their games including bobbing for apples and young girls wanting to know who their future husband will be by peeling an apple in one continuous strand and then tossing the apple peel over their shoulder. Hoping that the peel landed in the shape of the letter of their future husband.
Carving of faces into hollowed-out vegetables such as swedes and turnips were also used to ward off evil spirits. Traditionally these faces would be illuminated from within by Beeswax Candles and the lanterns displayed in windows and outside doors.
Halloween is more commercial now mainly due to our friends across the pond, with the introduction of trick or treating and the use of pumpkins as the favoured mode of celebration.
However, you choose to celebrate, Bee-spoke Candles have the perfect Beeswax Candle for your celebrations. Stay true to the original and traditional celebration of Halloween by using Beeswax Candles. For your party celebrates, our Tealights are perfect for your lanterns and our Pillar Candles are ideal for lighting a spooky hallway as a wonderful entrance to your party.
Have a good one all you ghosts and ghouls out there!