This week, Alex St Claire shares some thoughts on her favourite celebration of the year – Halloween.
None of the pressure of Christmas, preparations of birthdays or expectation of New Year’s Eve, Halloween is my favourite holiday of the year. It’s an evening of creepy costumes, freaky food and fiendish fun! I’m such a Halloween freak I have my own witch’s Book of Spells and my Pinterest page is oozing with spooky ideas
But hidden beneath its fearsome façade, Halloween is celebration of community – an opportunity to roam the streets of Kew in the balmy Springtime and get to know your neighbours.
The leafy suburb of Kew wholly embraces the 16th century tradition of trick or treating with many streets in the area offering a mystical night of dancing skeletons and treats galore.
Despite being widely viewed as an American celebration, Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve actually originated in Ireland, Scotland and Wales to mark the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. They believed that, on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped.
Kew Primary School went Halloween crazy in 2013 with a Q Rock performance demonstrating the amazing talent of our school student body (& skeletons!). Set in a ghoulish graveyard heaving with zombies, Frankenstein’s monsters and dead celebrities, the Q Rock performance still features on school planning days and continues to draw delight and fond memories from the audience.
If you would like to take your kids out for Halloween, many homes in Kew are decorated or have signs on the door to indicate they are trick or treat friendly. Or you could print out a few copies of this Halloween notice and drop some round your neighbourhood tonight?