How to get a free Halloween children's activity pack

With different parts of the country under different lockdown rules, the idea of celebrating Halloween may seem an impossibility.

But Catherine Lynch of education experts PlanBee says you can keep your children spooked out but stay within the law.

Halloween is going to be different to previous years. Groups of children putting their hands into several bowls of communal sweets feels like something from another life. But we can incorporate dressing up, community spirit, an evening walk and trick or treating while observing social distancing. Here’s how ...

Many communities are organising a Halloween trail for their young trick or treaters. As well as knocking door to door, why not take your children on a trail too?

If you would like to take part in a Halloween trail, or organise one yourself, you could put this spooky picture in your window.

Parents can scan the original picture’s QR code in the picture to receive a free Halloween activity pack with colouring sheets, puzzles and activities.

Take your children on walks around your local area and see how many Halloween pictures you can spot. You could give your child the chance to pick a treat from your own selection each time they spot a picture on the Halloween treasure hunt.

And while you’re at it, this short guide to the history of Halloween will ensure you can answer any questions your youngsters might have about the origins of this popular autumn celebration.

Many people around the country will once again be marking Halloween with what have become traditional activities such as carved pumpkins, trick-or-treating and fancy dress.

Many people herald this as an Americanised festival of ghosts and ghouls but most of the activities associated with this time of year are rooted in European folklore and tradition.

The pumpkin carved into a jack-o’-lantern is firmly an American introduction but it literally has its roots on this side of the Atlantic, where people have been carving turnips and other root vegetables for centuries, to ward off evil spirits

The modern-day Halloween is largely agreed to have originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, held around November 1, the date that marked the transition from autumn to winter. It was this time of year where people believed the boundary between the worlds of living and dead became blurred, and was when the souls of the dead were said to revisit their homes.

In the era of Christianity, this tradition became absorbed into the celebration of All Saints Day, held on November 1, dedicated to honouring all saints and martyrs. November 2 became All

Souls’ Day, a day to honour the dead, and here many of the Celtic traditions, such as bonfires, parades and dressing up in costume, blurred with Christian celebrations, to form festivities accepted, even encouraged, by church authorities.

All Saints’ Day later became known as All Hallows and from this the night before came to be referred to as All Hallows Eve. From this term derived the name ‘Halloween’, the name for the beginnings of the festival.For your free activity pack go to site.

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