It’s that time of the year where kids (and big kids!) around the world transform into ghosts, vampires and other spooky, mythical creatures, as well as challenging each other to see who can fill their buckets with as much candy as possible!
Here at Aerosaurus Balloons, we love this time of year. As the night’s draw in and there’s a slight nip in the air, it’s also still the perfect time to immerse yourself in the best hot air balloon experience in the South West. Grab your sweets and jump on board with us as we take a journey through the history of Halloween celebrations and festivities.
Every year Halloween is celebrated on the 31st October and is a huge traditional celebration for those here in the UK, as well as across the Atlantic in the USA. Originating from the Celtic festival of Samhain around 2000 years ago – individuals would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off spirits and ghosts. The name ‘Halloween’ comes from ‘All Hallows Eve’ from the November 1st ‘All Saints Day’.
The ancient Celtic festival of Samhain was celebrated on the eve of their then New Year on the November 1st. The Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. October 31st was when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth and this ancient tradition is what has influenced our 21st-Century celebrations!
Two thousand years on and people all over the world still celebrate Halloween just as much as the Celts did back then! Albeit with more chocolate and scary costumes, the ghosts and spiritual connotations are still very much ‘alive’.
Today, on average, Americans are the big spenders when it comes to the autumnal festivities, with reported spending of up to $6billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday after Christmas – imagine how many sweets and chocolate you could get with that sort of money!
Now, if Halloween isn’t your cup of tea or you would like to indulge in a something a little more relaxing with your partner whilst the children are ‘trick-or-treating’ with their friends, then there are still flights available across the region.
For more information or to book your Halloween balloon flight with us, contact our friendly and advisable team who are at hand to help with your queries. We look forward to hearing from you and Happy Halloween from all of us at Aerosaurus Balloons.