Halloween in Blackpool
Scary ghosts, long tendrils reaching out to grab you as you pass, fireworks and bangs, candles in lanterns, witches and goblins, it is all part of Halloween in Blackpool. It is a great place to have all the fun of Halloween and the pretend scares, while celebrating yourself and dressing up in costume.
There’s not enough fancy dress in all of our lives, I’ve decided, and this is the year to get out your inner teenager and romp through the streets begging for candy. If you wish, Blackpool is the place to do it, and you won’t feel out of place!
Celtic origins of Halloween
Commonly perceived as an American festival, prominent historian Nicholas Rogers notes that while “… its origins are sometimes attributed to the Roman feast of Pomona …” it is more likely that it has come from the “… Celtic festival of Samhain”. This festival, pronounced sow-in, represented the end of summer.
Additionally, in the 16th century, Gaelic accents for the phrase All Hallow’s Eve, is believed to have led to the Anglo name of Halloween, to describe the night when religious folk believe the souls trapped between Heaven and Earth in purgatory are free to roam on earth.
This is why the images of Halloween include monsters, with the folk of religious ritual placing a candle inside a hollowed out pumpkin to shine light into the dark night, and keep the spirits away and remember the trapped souls. Games like apple bobbing and divination parties are documented in famous works of art such as Snap-Apple Night (1832) by Irish painter Daniel Maclise, known for documenting the cultural pursuits and frivolities of 19th century folk.
When mass immigration from Scotland and Ireland to North America occurred, the tradition of Halloween went with them as they maintained a need for the superstition, in a strange and unyielding land. Trick-or-treating comes from the medieval practice called souling, where rich folk would give food to poor folk who knocked upon their doors. The origin of fancy dress costumes comes from this too, as the garb of the poor was often wretched and torn, and we can see this documented in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593) by Shakespeare, where the master of the house is accused of complaining like “… a beggar at Hallowmass.”
The week of Halloween in Blackpool at the end of October, is a fantastic chance to take advantage of attractions offering special show tickets to entertain yourself and all of the family.