Have you got your costumes and pumpkins ready for the big night of spookiness?
My fiend Buster wanted to know; ‘what’s Halloween all about’ so, I did a spot of investigating.
Halloween started way back in the eighth century – it was a festival called ‘Samhain’, meaning summer’s end, and was celebrated on All Hallows Day. Then over time it was called Halloween – short for ‘Hallowed Evening’ – and celebrated a day earlier and as it’s Evening it’s when it gets dark!!
Halloween was celebrated in places like Scotland – the Scottish folk loved the eerie and spooky tales and stories that were part of the tradition. In 1785 Robert Burns, the famous Scots poet, wrote a scary poem called ‘Halloween’……it’s a very long read!!
Trick or Treat started way back then too – folk started dressing up in costumes to act out the scary tales and poems and went around dressed up and carrying lanterns, asking for food in exchange for a poem or song – which was the ‘treat’…. hmm I think if mum and her fiends did a song; it would be the ‘trick’!!
In those days, folk used hollowed out turnips with a lump of coal in as their lanterns. Turnips are hard to cut and when the tradition went to America they started using pumpkins as, they grew there and are much softer and as you can see much bigger.
That was so long ago it was – I didn’t even know time went that far back!! Buster asked if our mums were that old – hmm doubt it…………although!?!
Nowadays, people think it’s cool for us dogs to wear spooky and funny costumes – there’s even competitions for the spookiest dressed dog and even the most famous dog Snoopy and his fiends celebrate too. There are some easy costumes you can make from an old sheet or tee-shirt and just put it around your dog’s shoulders. Though, if your dog isn’t keen putting on costumes or hats on don’t worry, they can still join in and maybe go Trick or Treating with you or just stay at home and nap.
Always make sure mum or dad know where you’re going and who with, we just knock on the doors of people we know – sometimes the costumes and ‘Wooo Hooo’ noises can be too scary for some anxious or older folk so, we don’t go to those houses.
Lots of people we know locally do join in. They have dog friendly treats for me and my fiends and sweets and fruit for the humans. We wear a scary or funny costumes and we carry a jack-o- lantern made from a pumpkin that mum has carved out – we never use real candles in the pumpkin lantern or for decorations at home. Always get mum or dad to buy little battery light candles, they are much, much safer and pretty cheap.
If you don’t want to go out, or are too young, you can have a get together at home – you could make your own Halloween decorations and there’s easy games you can play, like Apple Bobbing where you get an apple out of a bowl of water just using your teeth – that sounds easy, but, you must do it with your hands behind your back and must be the quickest!!
I had a fantastic time doing my Halloween photoshoot with mum and Stu (he did all the wizardry) from Maniac Films. The best one is the spooky meal – it’s meant to look like worms and other yuk stuff – it was spaghetti and sausages of course!
And Stu, I spotted you sneaking some sausage – you’d better look out for Tricks on Halloween!!
Until next week Rx