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October 17, 2016
Halloween has become very popular in the UK over recent years, and to celebrate this festival Yoosh have produced a range of spooky, halloween lap trays and in October 2016 we have a special discount code also (see end of article).
But do you know when Halloween started?
It is thought that the origins of Halloween dates back over 2000 years to the Celtic festival of Samhain where they celebrated their new year on November 1, a day that marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter and often associated with human death.
On the day before the new year they thought that the boundary between this world and the world of the dead became blurred and dissolved - the dead returned as ghosts to earth and created havoc by playing tricks on people and damaging the crops. People would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off the ghosts. This was also a good time for telling fortunes as ghosts were more easily reached and prophecies about the future gave comfort during the long cold and dark winter.
Centuries later the Christian church introduced the Feast of All Saints on November 1 to move away from the emphasis on pagan festivals and celebrating the dead. This is where the term Halloween originates from as November 1 was originally the Feast of All Hallows (Hallows meaning a saint or holy person) and October 31 All Hallows Eve ('eve' meaning the day before), shortened to Halloween.
Our Special October 2016 discount gets you 15% off of all orders, (excluding delivery) just use the code OMGOCT at checkout. (valid until October 31st 2016).