Ghosts, pumpkins and boy wizards – us British love Halloween!
There are many reasons why the British have developed such a passion for all things connected to “All Hallows Eve” on 31st October. Not least, as it’s a great excuse for family fun and creative decorating!
It also fits well with how the Harry Potter franchise has gripped the imagination and hearts of young and old. Since the gifted author J.K. Rowling first published “Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone” in 1997, countless children and young people have embraced the harmless world of fantasy and fantastic creatures she created.
Such is the British love of the world of monsters, magic and mayhem, we now spend more than £320 million a year on Halloween related goods. We also “scoop up” £25m worth of pumpkins to create our iconic lanterns and art. To illustrate how much Halloween enthusiasm has grown in recent times, back in 2001 UK spending on this annual festival of fun was only £12 million! (source: https://metro.co.uk/2017/11/01/how-much-do-brits-spend-on-halloween-7044791/)
Why Halloween is such a “treat”
Some of our love for Halloween comes from following the lead of the US of course. This includes adopting their tradition of “Trick or Treating” in our neighbourhoods. Do you know where that comes from?
It’s actually a Celtic tradition to celebrate the receding year, dressed as the dead or a demon to blend in with the ghosts and ghouls they believed roamed the earth and called on people’s houses as the old year came to an end! Then the Catholic Church began urging followers to use “All Hallows Eve” or “All Saints Day” to dress up as saints or good spirits. (You can read all about it here: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-history-of-trick-or-treating-is-weirder-than-you-thought-79408373)
It means that, just like Harry Potter, it could be something the British gave to America!
Good excuse for creative fun
Whether you dress as a saint or a sinner, a superhero or a witch, Halloween is now all about fun.
It’s a great excuse to get creative with your cooking for example. The internet is full of recipes ideas and suggestions such as hot dog sausages that look like fingers, cakes in the shape of spiders and cauldrons of tomato “blood” soup.
You can also pick up a growing range of spooky decorations for your home, from doorway cobwebs to animatronic displays for your lawn.
For many, Halloween is a great time to get busy with a sewing machine and make costumes and cost-saving decorations from relevant fabric.
Thanks to Fabric Direct Online, you have a rich and varied selection of low-cost Halloween fabrics to choose from, delivered directly to your door.
Harry Potter Fabric
This, of course, includes licensed Harry Potter fabric (https://fabric-direct.co.uk/product/harry-potter-fabric-fleece/). This is ideal if your family or visitors adore the boy wizard. But let’s face it, a Harry Potter themed Halloween party could be great fun for everyone!
You could create a reusable tablecloth, creepy napkins and window dressings from Harry Potter or general Halloween fabric. Your kids can even go Trick or Treating in style with loving crafted goody bags.
But why save the fun for one night! Lots of people decorate their homes in advance for Halloween or put out special Autumn-themed cushions and table linen.
The “trick” is to not be “scared” about letting your imagination run wild, for Halloween fun that brings a “devilishly” good time!