It seems Halloween is getting bigger every year.
By that I mean more shops are stocking fancy dress outfits and there seems to have been an increase in the amount of knocks on my front door at night with children shouting ‘trick or treat’ in the last few years.
In the UK we are taking advice from America on the amount of effort put into the so-called celebrations and we as a nation are now spending more than £300m on Halloween.
Halloween has its origins in pagan festivals held at the end of October.
It was believed that, at this time of year, the spirits of dead people could come alive and walk among the living.
They thought that it was important to dress up in costumes when venturing outside to avoid being harmed by the spirits.
So I’m guessing this is where the idea of Halloween costumes comes from?
But where does giving out sweets to strangers knocking on your door come from?
Well after typing that question into Google I found out the answer.
Apparently trick or treat’s origins come from the medieval practice of souling, when people would walk door to door at this time of year receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls’ Day.
I don’t know how true this is as this was one of a few suggestions, another being that after the spirits would rise from the dead, people would leave food outside as a peace offering so the spirits wouldn’t harm them.
I don’t know about you but I’m not sure which story to plump for?
Halloween is like Marmite, you either love it or hate it, and I admit I’ve always been in the grumpy category at this time of year.
It just doesn’t sit well with me, encouraging my children to knock on a front door and ask for sweets from people who they have never met before.
But now I’m a dad I wanted to give my children the chance to get involved in Halloween.
We won’t be venturing outside and knocking on doors but we thought it would be nice to let them play dress up and buy them some Halloween costumes.
You might have read recently about a man who was told by police to take down the Halloween decorations from the exterior of his house as children were finding them too scary.
At the time of reading I found this ridiculous.
But after taking Caitlin and Alyssa to a Halloween shop to choose an outfit they were more scared than excited and both requested we leave the shop.
I suppose dressing up as a Frankenstein is now out of the question.