Halloween, the holiday where witches, ghosts and pumpkins invite us to their particular festivities, is a celebration that has transcended its Celtic roots and has become a worldwide phenomenon. Do you want to know more about Halloween? Read on!
Halloween, as we know it today, has its origins more than 2000 years ago in Celtic traditions. The Celts, who lived in what is now Britain, Ireland and northern France, celebrated the festival of Samhain at the end of the harvest season, around 31 October.
Samhain marked the beginning of winter and they were certain that on that date, the world of the living and the dead were intertwined. How frightening!
For this reason, the Celts wore costumes made of animal skins and heads and lit bonfires in order to scare away evil spirits that might roam the earth. In addition, they also left food and drink outside their houses as offerings to appease the spirits and ask for their protection.
This laid the foundations for today’s Halloween traditions: dressing up in costumes and leaving treats on doorsteps.
The celebration of Halloween in Spain is a fairly recent phenomenon. Until the 1990s, Halloween was not a holiday that was celebrated in the country, with the traditional festivities of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day being of greater importance.
However, as the culture became more globalised and the American influence began to spread, Halloween began to gain popularity in Spain, and today it is still a day that many people celebrate.
The tradition of “Trick or treat” has become an iconic element of Halloween, especially in the United States. The expression originated in North America in the 20th century and has become a motto for the holiday.
The idea behind trick-or-treating is simple: children dress up in costume, knock on someone else’s door and shout “trick or treat!”; the “treat” is to be offered candy or sweets to avoid the “trick”, which would be some harmless prank that adds to the excitement of the holiday.
Of course, in Centro Comercial Miramar! At Miramar we welcome the scariest season of the year with the “Spooky Season” campaign.
From the 19th of October until the 1st of November, our guests will be transported to a world full of mystery and fun, full of activities and surprises.
With a spooky interactive maze of terror, witch workshops, pumpkin photocall and a theatre workshop, you can find us on the terrace floor! Discover all the schedules of the best Halloween event for children in town and visit us.