POSTED ON October 26th, 2018
The name Halloween is derived from two words “Hallows” meaning saintly person and “Evening” which has over the generations has morphed into Halloween and is celebrated on 31st October with All Hallows’ Day taking place on 1st November. Myth tells us that it is when ghosts came back to visit those they had left behind as the barrier between the living world and the spirit world was at its thinnest so the spirits could cross over it.
The roots of this celebration can be traced back to Gaelic tradition marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter which is the darkest part of the year. It is also the midpoint between the Autumn equinox and the winter solsest
During the 9th Century The Roman Catholic Church started to recognise “All Saints Day and over time the two traditions have merged into one “Halloween”.
It was not until the 16th Century that costumes started to appear in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Families would dress up and go door knocking asking their neighbours for food. The Scots also painted their faces black.
The 1920’s/1930’s was when trick or treating as we know it today really got started. The treat was usually apples or other excess produce from the harvest over time and with Halloween becoming more commercialised the traditional “Treats” were replaced by candies/sweets.
In 1845 during the Great Potato Famine over a million people left Ireland to make a new life in America. With then they took many traditions including Halloween. It was the Americans that popularised the Pumpkin as the vegetable we associate with carving for Halloween, we use to use Turnips.
I must presume therefore that this is why the Americans love Pumpkin Pie so much let’s hope our guests enjoy it this weekend as their room cake. Contrary to its name Pumpkin Pie is actually a desert.
We’ve been hard at work carving pumpkins, decorating the dining room and making the iconic pumpkin pie for our guests to enjoy. We hope they like the results.