As a novelty this year we had a little Halloween celebration in the school! Some parents of English/American origin or who knew the Language very well were asked to read some Halloween stories in English to the children of ‘primaria’. It was an amazing afternoon. We all dug out of our cupboards some costume that we could wear and found amazing books about witches, ghosts and of course Jack ‘o lanterns.
Each of us went to different classrooms, lit our Jack o’ lanterns and waited for the children to arrive, take a seat and listen to our stories. It was a real treat to see their faces when they saw us in our costumes.
We all tried to create the perfect scene to add a bit of spookiness to the event, it was a rainy day so the atmosphere was perfect!
For those of you who don’t know about Halloween the celebration comes from over 2,000 years ago when the Celts lived in what is now Ireland, the UK and parts of Northern France. November the 1st was their New Year’s Day. They believed that the night before the New Year (Oct. 31st) was a time when the living and the dead came together. More than a thousand years ago the Christian church named Nov. 1st All Saints day (All Hallows). This was a special holy day to honour the saints and other people who died for their religion. The night before All Hallows was called Hallows Eve. Later the name changed to Halloween. That night people wore evil creatures or ghosts costumes to scare away evil spirits.
The tradition of Halloween was carried to America by the immigrating Europeans. Some people would carry carved pumpkins with candles inside as lanterns. That is why you see Jack ‘o lanterns today.
These days Halloween is a fun day for children, they dress up in costumes and go from house to house knocking on doors and saying ‘trick or treat’. The owner of each house gives the children candy or something special.