Today is Halloween!!! Happy Halloween to all of You 🙂
Halloween is always celebrated on the 31st of October- one day before All Saints’ Day (All Hallows’ Day). People of all ages dress up in scary/fancy/funny costumes and most of them attend various parties. Children, also dressed in their favourite costumes, roam from house to house asking ‘trick or treat’? If they are given treat (sweets or chocolates), they happily go away and knock on the next door 🙂 But if they are not given any treat, they are armed with tricks up their sleeves, so better watch out and be prepared with loooots of sweet treats 🙂 Another popular Halloween tradition is carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns. Children love this activity.
Halloween has become westernised into a thoroughly commercial festival nowadays. It’s all about fun, party and having great time. That’s good! 🙂 But let’s remember about the day that follows it- All Saints’ Day.
All Saints’ Day on the 1st of November is annual public holiday in Poland. Poles go to cemeteries, visit graves of their deceased family members and friends, lay flowers, light candles and pray for the dead. Churches hold special services to commemorate the saints or imporant citizens/heroes who died this year. Although it’s quite cold in Poland in November, the atmosphere in cemeteries is very warm. Family members meet and spend several hours together talking and praying. On the downside, the traffic on the road is horrendous as everybody wants to visit graves on that particular day. The tradition continues through the 2nd of November, called All Souls’ Day.
I’m Polish and I’m used to tradition of All Saints’ Day. As a child, I have never celebrated Halloween. However, it has become quite popular in my homeland in the recent years. Since I moved to the UK, I’ve started enjoying Halloween too 🙂 I’m happy I can combine two traditions now- full of fun 31st of October and a bit more serious 1st of November. Living abroad opens the door to so many new opportunities. Life is much more colourful 🙂
Children love Halloween. Since I’ve become a mum I knew it’s gonna be one of the most important events in our annual family calender. Last year, Fabi was still quite small and afraid of all scary characters. This year, he enjoyed his first pumpkin carving at home, first Halloween party at the nursery and participated with full excitement in the pumpkin day at the farm. Right now, he is dressed up and ready with big bowl full of sweets to welcome all children knocking on our door. Maybe next year he will be ready to join the crowd and collect his own treats 🙂
Few days ago, me and my son carved our first ever pumpkin. I was quite excited, but my level of excitement was nowhere near his 😛 He was beaming with happiness 🙂 He purely enjoyed every moment of that 🙂 As a beginners, we carefully followed youtube instructions on how to carve a pumpkin.
The result is pretty impressive, what do you think? 😛
Last weekend, we went to celebrate the Pumpkin Day at the farm. It was family friendly event with plenty of entertainment- pumking carving, face painting, farm animals, horse-drawn carriage rides, organic food and many different stalls. It was lots of fun for all of us 🙂 We will be back next year.
Carving/painting the pumpkin
My flying bat 🙂
Are you celebrating Halloween? Or All Saints’ Day? Or both of them like us? Share you story here, we can all enjoy together 🙂