All Hallows Eve or All saints Night is celebrated on the 31st October. Some say it has roots back to pagan beliefs and the Samhain festival or autumn festival others that is solely a Christian festival.  Whatever its background it remains for many today a holiday that is focused on witches and potions and the dead, there is a suggestion that some of the activities we conduct over Halloween is to use humour and ridicule to confront the power of death.

I spent one year in New Orleans at Halloween, what a night that was. I was staying with friends and we hired costumes and had freaky makeup done. In the evening we went to Mollys at the Market and joined in a parade, people really enjoy the spooky and macabre in New Orleans!! We then went on to party down Frenchmen Street in Marigny.I was told many ghost stories while I was there, well it claimed is the most haunted city in America..

Macabre costumes for Halloween Parade at Frenchmen  St New Orleans
Macabre costumes

One Halloween tradition we have taken from America to here is pumpkin decorating – my dad is very keen on this , so I challenged him to come to the library and do an demonstration  I could not believe it but he did and the kids  and some adults loved it. I have been told they will keep it as part of their Halloween activities from now on. Have a look at some amazing Jack O Lanterns pumpkin carvings.

Pumpkin carving at Halloween
Scary smiles

Book suggestions: For this post I want to mention of “A fortnight of Fright” although from 2013 the book suggestions are sound and the excellent presentation, i.e. the quiz is a fantastic idea,  I might just pinch the format for my next library project on travel.