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20 October 2020 • Forest Row Local
          The Harvest Supper pre-dates Christianity and was a time for feasting and a celebration of the fruits and vegetables of the earth. Also known as Samhain, meaning the end of summer, it is now known traditionally as Halloween. It was the beginning of the Celtic year and the time to welcome home family and ghosts. It was a major date on the witches’ calendar and the most important Fire Festival of ancient times. Samhain rituals were all about protection, overcoming fears and for laying old ghosts.
There will be little opportunity this year for celebrating Halloween in the traditional way as, at the time of writing, the government have announced that gathering in groups larger than six in number would no longer be permitted. We are all going to have to be a bit more inventive in our bubbles with how we celebrate October 31. Here are some ideas as to how you might do that. Gathering as a family to watch spooky movies will depend on the ages involved
but for the younger ones ‘Super Monsters Save Halloween’ released 2018 is suitable for 4 years and up, the latest Scooby Doo movie ‘Scoob’ out this year is suitable for 7+. Apparently, the Mystery Machine Gang met on Halloween and you can find out exactly how the gang got together. There is also ‘The Addams Family’ movie from 2019 again for 7+ which offers plenty of creepy, kooky fun and for the slightly older 8+ there is ‘Mary and the Witches’ Flower’ again released in 2018.
‘The House With The Clock In Its Wall’ released 2018 is suitable for the slightly older 11+ family members. It is based on a Young Adult novel by John Bellairs and follows the story of a young orphan sent to live with his eccentric uncle. He finds himself pulled into a world of witches and warlocks. For the older members of the family, 14+, ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ released last year in 2019 is for those who have grown out of family-friendly scary movies but not yet old enough for the full on ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’. Its based on a group of kids that set out to investigate some local legends.
Hide sweet treats around the house in the tradition of an Easter Egg hunt. Get the whole family to dress up to add to the atmosphere and create a spooky supper. Meatballs and spaghetti can be given a Halloween twist with a slice of mozzarella cheese
and a slither of olive to create spooky eyeballs. Little pizzas with mozzarella shaped ghosts, pumpkin devilled eggs, and sweet candy corn. There are so many ideas online to help you get creative. There
are also plenty of craft ideas online to keep the kids busy which involve much more than just traditional pumpkin carving. Although Halloween is a relatively new tradition in the UK it has become very popular in recent years. It seems a shame not to find some way to make it a family celebration after such a strange year of uncertainty and restrictions.
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