What is ´Halloween´?It is a holidaycelebrated bychildren andadults allaround theworld on thenight ofOctober 31st.
Where did it come from?It originated fromthe SamhainFestival of theAncient Celts inIreland approx.2000 years ago. It isalso called´Summer´s End´because it was acelebration of theend of summer andthe harvest season.
Saman: Lord of DeathThe Ancient Celtsalso believed that onthe night of October31st the borderbetween the deadand the living worldsdisappeared and thatSaman, Lord ofDeath, would givethe spirits afterlife ifthey repossessed abody.
Bones and masksPeople used toburn bones onbonfires as a wayof bribing Saman(nowadays weroastmarshmallows onbonfires instead)and they wouldwear masks andcostumes to mimicevil spirits.
Halloween in NZHalloween has notalways been apopularcelebration. It ismostly for kids butanyone can join in!It has no religiousor nationalsignificance in NZ,it is more American.For Kiwis it is abouthaving fun andbeing together!
Trick or Treat?! What does it mean NOW?The childrenwho say ´Trickor Treat?!´ wantyou to givethem treats, butif you don´t,they might playa trick on youor your house!
Kiwi kids love to celebrateHalloween is Halloween!more popular inNZ nowadays.Children love todress up asghosts, witches,vampires, pirates,werewolves andfairies and go´trick or treating´and visit ´hauntedhouses´ together.
Teenagers and adults can celebrate too!Teenagers andadults don´t go´trick or treating´but they like todress up and go toparties with theirfriends.
Bonfires and roasted marshmallowsWe don´tcarvepumpkins orburn bones,but we do liketo roastmarshmallowson bonfires!
Haunted HousesSome peoplelike todecoratetheir houseslike hauntedhouses andthey inviteneighboursand childrento come for afright!
School GalasSome primary schoolsin NZ celebrateHalloween by holdinga School Gala. Thechildren decorate aclassroom like ahaunted house foreveryone to visit. Thereare stalls, face-painting, candyflossand toffee apples. Eventhe teachers dress up!All fun and games!
By the New Zealander/Kiwi Natalie Kemp Cultural Language Assistant at I.E.S. La Rosaleda, 2011-2012