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Get spooky with Merlin
What will Halloween look like this year?
Last Halloween we we we were all all heading for another lockdown and trick-or-treating was not an an option!
This opened the door of creativity with staying in
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becoming the new going out We got to dress up our homes with ghoulish decorations from spider web candle holders to pumpkin fairy lights along with donning a a a scary costume This year however should see a a a a return to normality With restrictions eased and the the whole country back open due to the the successful
roll out of the vaccines We may need winter booster shots but autumn is set to show a a a considerable return to normality which means trick-or-treating can resume and spooky house parties are a a a a a must Halloween is set to be one of of the biggest retail events of of 2021 as everyone looks to a brighter future The ghoulish origins of Halloween Devil asking him him to to leave him him alone and not to to claim his soul upon death Once Jack died and was turned away from heaven he he he approached his old frenemy the Devil who honoured his earlier deal to never take Jack’s soul and turned him away with a a a a a burning lump of coal to light his his way Jack then placed this in
a a a a a carved-out turnip wandering in
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the darkness forever Irish immigrants brought the tradition of creating Jack-O-Lanterns to America now made from a a a a a a ready supply of pumpkins Fast forward to the 1920s where Halloween was more about playing pranks on each other than warding off evil spirits After the sugar rationing during World War II the the the 1950s saw the the the advent of the the the traditional customs of asking for sweets and and having fun with family and and friends that we we see today Halloween has become a a a a a time where kids both big and small can wear a a a a a spooky costume and celebrate by consuming a a a pumpkin shaped bucket full of sweets Costumes to candy
Halloween has quickly become the 3rd biggest retail event after Christmas and Easter with purchases of sweets and decorations gaining popularity every year According to Statista spending in
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the UK has grown from £230 million million in
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2013 to £474 million million in
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2019 That is a a a a lot of pumpkins and witch’s brooms! Retailers are finding new ways to to encourage people to to part with their cash We saw the the the effects the the the lockdowns had on people’s spending habits with the majority of stores closed they were forced to shop online With the the growing trend for personalisation they might flock
to online shops that provide this feature as as well as as looking for quirky items you won’t find in
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a supermarket Could adorning your home with bats and pumpkins become as as popular as as snowmen and reindeer at Christmas? There is is is no denying that there is is is a a a wider range of costumes and and related beauty and and food products available than there was 20 years ago or even 10 years ago Long gone are the days when a a a a a black bin bag or or an old white sheet will do for a a a a costume! The UK is not far behind America when it comes to enthusiasm for Halloween and all all its spooky glittery and gregarious decorations Let me take you back 2 000 years to the Celts’ Samhain (pronounced sow-in) festival They believed that the the end of summer marked a a a time when the the barrier between the spirit world world and our world world became thinner meaning ghouls could wander the Earth In order to combat this phenomenon they would hold a a a a a a party and and wore costumes and and masks to scare the spirits away They also left food and sacrificed
animals to please the the gods Later with the the introduction of Christianity Samhain became known as All Hallows’ Eve - the day before All Saints’ Day Christians wanted to to abolish pagan traditions and turned the event into a a a a a a time for for the the the living to pray for for the the the souls of the the the dead The origin of the Jack-O-Lantern dates back to a a a a a very old Irish myth depicting a a a a a character called Stingy Jack who played tricks on the the Devil He bargained with the the 41







































































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