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Halloween is celebrated on the 31st October and is an ancient Christian Festival to mark the evening before All Hallows Day and today’s the 31st October so Happy Halloween!

Sylvia with a selection of giant pumpkins

But even before the days of Christianity, there was a celebration at this time to signify the changing of the season, and the preparations for the winter months ahead.

The Celts introduced the idea of wearing masks and costumes to ward off evil spirits at this time, and the Romans included the idea of fruit to the festival…which is still seen today with toffee apples and apple bobbing.

What will you be doing this Halloween? Maybe having a party or carving your own lantern?

Let us know as we’d love to hear from you! PS This picture is actually Sylvia on a past trip to Switzerland and we couldn’t resist showing you the fabulous pumpkins!gardening