Halloween is a time of year enjoyed by everyone in the UK, with young and old looking for ways to celebrate the witching hour, whether it’s with spooky Halloween make up, Halloween decorations to turn your house into a haunted mansion or children’s Halloween costumes to ensure the kids are all ready for a spooky night of trick and treating. Halloween has been loved by many for years and is a long-standing tradition in the UK. It’s a great excuse for people to get together, wear scary fancy dress and play games from yesteryear, such as apple bobbing and trick or treating. Traditionally, a lot of sweets are also consumed at this time!
Halloween occurs every year on October 31st with people planning several kinds of celebrations, usually including parties and fancy dress. The celebration of Halloween as a tradition dates back thousands of years and was once an ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain where bonfires were lit and spooky costumes worn to warn off harmful ghosts and spirits. A bit later, it became known as All Hallows Eve and later, Halloween. The tradition of wearing a Halloween costume is still popular and one of the best things about Halloween these days is donning a fake set of vampire teeth, dousing yourself in fake blood and ripping your clothes as much as possible in an attempt to be the scariest vampire zombie around.
Traditional Halloween games that are still recreated today include pumpkin carving, trick or treating and the particularly messy, but just as fun, apple bobbing. A huge part of Halloween is confectionary, whether you’re buying Halloween sweets for the kids, buying confectionary for a party or simply want to use the 31st as an excuse to treat yourself! The tradition is associated so heavily with sugary candy that over a quarter of sweets sold annually in the US are bought on Halloween alone. Many sweets are produced specifically for Halloween now with creative inventions including edible slime, ghost lollipops and edible fangs. Yum.
If you’re looking for costume inspiration this Halloween, whether that’s children’s Halloween costumes or an epic costume for yourself, you can browse everything TJ’s has to offer for this spooky time of year. We also have plenty of games both traditional and a little more whacky to keep everyone entertained! Entering a fancy-dress competition or simply just want to be the scariest at the party? We’ve got you covered.