I saw the cutest thing today. A little girl dressed as a pumkin much like my image. She was walking with her mum through a shopping centre in Glasgow. A shopping centre! Why?? Why dress your child as a pumpkin to go shopping? Coz its halloween and its cute.
Not only was she dressed as a pumpkin, she had those squeaky shoes too, that squeak when you walk. It was funny.
Now for some info on Halloween! Halloween has its roots in the Gaelic festival of Samhain. This was a celebration of the end of harvest season and also a time when spirits of the dead could contact the living, and magic was believed to be strongest. The traditions of this time has been passed down the centuries in Ireland, Scotland and other areas of the UK and eventually made thier way into other parts of the world as us Brits left their homeland for new pastures.
Today, dressing up in scarey costumes (not cute pumpkin outfits) is a homage to the tradition of the Gaels who would wear masks and costumes to appease spirits and demons.
Apparently, the whole pumpkin thing is an American influence. Traditionally in Scotland, children would make lanterns from neeps (thats turnips in Scots) and carry them around.
Also, apparently, Trick or Treating is also an American thing of more recent origin. It is thought to have evolved out of what is called "Guising" in Scotland and Northern England. When I was a kid we used to go out Guising every halloween. Basically you dress up and go round houses knocking on the doors. But instead of offering a trick or a treat, a guiser entertains the houseowner with a song, poem, magic trick or somethin. If they like you, you get some sweets haha. But there were no tricks involved. Noo we were good little angels.
So yeh, I think its amazing how these kind of traditions start, and how they spread, change and evolve over time. Very interesting.
Anyhoo, happy Halloween everyone, Im off out Guising! I hope I can remember that song I learnt....
PS! if anyone can spare the time, please give me some crits on this painting, thanks!: PAINTING FOR CRIT!