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7 Spooky Facts About Halloween

Thursday, 24th October 2019 / Weekly Blog

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Double, double, toil and trouble… it’s nearly that time of year again to don your best scary costume and stock up on sweets!  

 

To mark Halloween on October 31st, here are some interesting facts and trivia about the most spooky night of the year.

 

 

1. Origins

It is thought that Halloween has been around for 6000 years originating as far back as 4000BC, and some of the Halloween customs we know today such as dressing up as ghouls stared in Ireland around 2000 years ago where they held a festival for the dead called ‘Samhaim’.  Other names for Halloween include ‘Lamswool’, ‘Summer’s End’, 'All Hallow’s Eve’,
 
This Moody Clouds wall mural sure incorporates the atmospheric drama of All Hallow’s Eve Night with its swirling clouds and radiating storms.
 
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2. Halloween Film

The first Halloween (1978) movie, which spawned seven sequels and three re-makes, was on such a tight budget that the primary antagonist Michael Myers had to wear the cheapest mask they could find, which was a William Shatner (Captain Kirk) mask from Star Trek.  Also, the script took less than two weeks to write, and only took 20 days to shoot!
 
The Scratched Metal wall mural below looks like something straight from a horror movie! Stylish and scary!

 

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3. Trick or Treat

Trick or treating is thought to have originated with the Ancient Celts over 2000 years ago when they put treats and food out on the street for spirits roaming the streets.  The first mention of modern trick or treating in print however was in 1927 in Black, Alberta, Canada.  In a recent study, 50% of children preferred receiving chocolate during trick or treating, with 24% preferring sweets, and 10% preferring to receive chewing gum!  
 
We’re sure your kids could take some inspiration for trick or treating costumes from this Graffiti Monster wall mural filled with illustrated monsters and all sorts of imaginative creatures
 
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4. Witches

Witches are said to take the air during Halloween night on their broomsticks to wreak havoc before ‘All Saints’ Day on November the 1st.  The word witch comes from the Old English word wicce , which means ‘wise woman’, and wiccans were highly respected at one time in history.  Wicca today is recognised as an official religion, and they celebrate their new year on October 31st.
 
The Botanical Fleur wall mural with its dark mysterious background and various plants would be perfect for any witches looking for ingredients for their cauldrons.  Dark shades are perfect in creating a sophisticated edge to your room.
 
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5. Colours

 Black and Orange - the two colours representing Halloween were established because black represents death and darkness, and orange represents Autumn.  Halloween is celebrated in Autumn because it was originally a Celtic Harvest festival celebrating the end of the harvest season and the end of Summer.  It was believed that Autumn time was when the walls between this world and the spirit world were thinnest and it was feared they would damage crops for the winter ahead.
 
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6. Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus (1993), the Disney Halloween comedy film was almost a completely different film! Hocus Pocus' original title was Disney's Halloween House, and went along with a much darker and scarier script where it was more like a horror film than a comedy!  Its protagonists were originally all 12-year-olds, and Leonardo DiCaprio nearly played the main character Max Dennison, but he turned it down to appear in What's Eating Gilbert Grape instead. 

The Sanderson Sisters would love this moody Black and White forest wall mural and it would look great in their Salem cottage!

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7. Full Moon

Ever noticed that Halloween pictures always show a full Moon? Contrary to popular belief, a full Moon on Halloween is incredibly rare and only happens once about every twenty years! This year in 2019, the Moon will be waxing on Halloween, having just been a new Moon on October 27. This means that only a small sliver of the Moon will be illuminated on Halloween night—just 15%. However the next time a completely full Moon will crest on Halloween will be next year in the year 2020!

Hopefully next year the moon will look like this beautiful Dream Big Wall Mural with the bright full moon set against a midnight blue sky.

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 Have a great HALLOWEEN!

 

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