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Halloween Tours & Trips

If you love Halloween you owe it to yourself to attend the spookiest events set against the most hauntingly beautiful backdrops, and really the only way to do it right is by going on tour! 

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The history of Halloween

Descriptions of events very similar to modern celebrations of Halloween can be found in texts that describe ancient Celtic festivals, early Roman Catholic holidays and even the medieval times. 

In ancient times (think pre-Christian), the Celtic festival of Samhain was celebrated on the night of October 31st. The Celts believed that the dead used the night of Samhain to return to Earth. To celebrate, people would hold large gatherings at bonfires and pay homage (sometimes by providing sacrifices) to honour their deceased loved ones. In some villages, residents would dress in animal skins and wear masks in order to go unnoticed by potentially malevolent spirits. They would also lay out banquets with food and drinks to appease these ill-intentioned ghosts. 

By the time the ninth century came around, Christianity was spreading through the Celtic lands and old traditions merged with newer ones. Around 1000 A.D. the church designated November 2nd as All Souls’ Day, a time to honour the deceased. These celebrations retained some of their pagan Celtic roots with their use of bonfires and masks. Poorer villages would visit the homes of the wealthy to receive pastries referred to as “soul cakes” in exchange for the promise that they would pray for the wealthy family’s dead relatives. In Scotland and Ireland, children would dress up in costume and entertain neighbouring households with a song or trick in exchange for food or money. This practice is probably the closest to modern day celebrations of Halloween. 

Also if you’ve ever been told to be wary of black cats, you can give credit to medieval celebrations of Halloween. In the Middle Ages, everyone and their mom seemed to have witch-fever. They feared witches so strongly that they began to believe that these magical ladies were capable of transforming into cats to avoid detection. Funnily enough, this superstition has managed to stand the test of time and to this day people are warned not to allow black cats to cross their paths. 

The essentials

- Bring your costume
- Dress warmly
- Wear comfortable walking shoes 
- You may want to consider starting a cleanse a week or two before in anticipation of all the sugary treats you'll enjoy
- Keep an open mind to get the most out of Halloween 

Did you know?

The word 'witch' comes from the Old English word wicce or wicca
(meaning wise woman)
Adoption of black cats around Halloween is banned in many places
(out of fear they will be sacrificed)
Samhainophobia
(meaning the fear of Halloween)
Halloween is the second most commercial holiday in America
(second to Christmas)

Things to do on Halloween

  • Attend a Halloween Party in Dracula's Castle

  • Visit spooky towns in the United States

  • Head to Haiti for Fet Gede

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