HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM SMART!
30 October 2019

HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM SMART!

For some, autumn only means one thing – and no, we’re not talking about pumpkin spice lattes and the crunch of leaves under foot. At SMART Garden Offices we’re talking about that time of year when the nights draw in and it all starts to become an altogether more ‘spooky’ affair!

What started off as a festival with ancient traditions, nowadays Halloween is a byword for carved pumpkins, trick or treating and over-the-top costumes.

But where did Halloween come from and why do we celebrate it?

Halloween is one of the world’s oldest holidays celebrated each year on October 31. Traditionally known as All Hallows’ evening, and later Halloween, it is basically the evening before All Saints’ Day, originating from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, meaning “summer’s end” which was the day to celebrate the end of the harvest season and people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities that includes trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions and telling scary stories, as well as watching horror films.

However, many modern Halloween activities are still rooted in old traditions;

  • Pumpkin carving began in America but has Celtic roots. During Samhain celebrations, children would make lanterns out of turnips. However when the Irish arrived in America, there were no turnips to be found, so they had to make do with pumpkins, and this ritual has since been embraced by the UK.
  • Similarly, “trick or treating” is an American term but originated from the UK. Dating back to the middle ages, ‘Souling’ was the British tradition of going door to door and offering prayers for the dead in return for food.
  • Since the 19th century, children in Scotland have gone “guising” – disguising themselves as evil spirits in order to ward them off.
  • It is also thought that the practice of bobbing for apples is drawn from the Roman holiday Pomona, which took the apple as its symbol.

Drawing from different traditions from various countries across hundreds of years, Halloween really is a night in which things rise up from the past to mingle with the present.

And what better way to celebrate Halloween, than in your very own secluded SMART Garden Room, tucked away at the bottom of your very dark and spooky garden? (Well, it will be dark and spooky if you keep the lights turned off!). However, don’t forget to get your pumpkins lit to ward off any of those evil spirits . . . oh, and watch out for black cats!

SMART Garden Rooms have a whole host of features for entertaining in – with 7 different interior finishes, numerous heating and lighting options, as well as smart technology upgrades, this really is a room that can be used for a multitude of uses.

Boasting industry-leading insulation in the floor, ceiling and walls, sandwiched between thick chunky walls and unlimited double glazing, it truly is usable 365 days a year, no matter what the weather throws at us. So it is the perfect venue for an intimate evening in, a fantastic location to throw a party, or a peaceful retreat to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life.

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Unfortunately, there is no longer time to get one installed before Halloween, but if you are quick, there is currently time to get your beautiful garden room installed before Christmas, so you can start to plan your perfect festive entertaining venue today.