The exact origins of Halloween are lost to time. Some believe that it is linked to the old Christian festival of All Hallows or Saints Eve on the 31st of October, others that its connected to the traditional Christian Day of the Dead to celebrate ancestors on 1 November, and others still that it stems from northern hemisphere pagan harvest festivals, hence activities like bonfires, pumpkins carved into Jack O’ Lanterns and bobbing for apples.
But whatever its origins, Halloween on 31 October in South Africa is a night for young and old to dress up in costumes and knock on neighbourhood doors shouting “Trick or Treat!” Pirates and mermaids, ghosts and angels, soccer stars and cute animals all hold bags to catch the candy treats that the neighbours drop in.
Over the last few years, more and more adults celebrate Halloween too, attending masquerade balls or even going to work dressed up in costumes.
Neighbourhood groups have also embraced the celebrations, with street parties on the rise in the last few years. Some community groups have even taken to distributing maps of houses participating in the “trick or treating” traditions – each house clearly marked with a recognisable sign such as a bright orange pumpkin posted on the gate indicating the homeowners openess to a visiting trick or treater.
“But however you wish to enjoy the day, it’s simply about having fun and letting your hair down by dressing up,” says Lisa Lottering of the Crazy Store.
“From witches hats, colourful wigs to pirates and princess costumes, the Crazy Store has everything you need for a fun filled Halloween celebration.”
And for those wanting to host a Halloween party, you need look no further as they have stocked up on bat and spider themed tinsel, colourful skeletons, jack-o-lanterns, spooky sparkly stickers and the ever important pumpkin styled treat bags!
To guarantee an evening of laughter, frights and fun, just follow the Crazy Store’s 5 top Halloween party tips:
- DRESS UP – from witches to pirates, you don’t need to break the bank to step out in style. Buy a black witches hat and wear it with a black t-shirt and trousers or skirt you already have in your wardrobe, and you are set. A colourful wig is sometimes all you need to add some fun to any outfit.
- STOCK UP ON TREATS– it’s not the size but the variety that counts. Buy a few bags of individually wrapped candy and sweets, mix it in a bowl or pumpkin themed treat bag and allow the kids to each grab a handful. Toss in some spider sweets to add a touch of the scarey.
- CANDY CANDY, NOT ALWAYS DANDY –While sweets are what is on most kids minds, why not surprise those little fairies or goblins with cost-effective and unique alternatives to candy. Be a trendsetter this Halloween and pass out creative treats and toys. Add some glowing fun to their adventure by handing out glow sticks and glow bracelets. Who knows – you might become more popular than the house that passes out the king- sized candy bars.
- PLAY SOME GAMES – If your neighbourhood is not suited to a trick or treat adventure, have a candy treasure hunt in your house or backyard. Adapt some party favorites into a Halloween theme such as pin the arm back on the skeleton or have a race to see who can wrap a mummy the quickest. All you need is a roll of toilet paper and a willing participant or two. The one who can wrap the ‘mummy’the quickest wins.
- WATCH A SCAREY MOVIE – Nothing makes Halloween more fun than watching movies that are just a bit scary. For the younger kids, select a movie that is more kids friendly such as Monsters Inc where the monsters under the bed are actually afraid of the kids. And for the Pooh bear fans amongst kids and adults alike, Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie is sure to entertain each and every one.
See selection of dress up and party items below that are sure to add some festive touches to your Halloween celebration!