A family in Hertfordshire have decorated their house and garden with spooky Halloween ghouls, witches and skeletons. The occultism-style holiday festival is beginning to rival Christmas as a time for mythical monsters and evil deathly cheer.
Members of the public are encouraged to see the ghoulish exhibition and donate to a cancer care charity. The house in Made Feld, Stevenage, celebrate the annual holiday every year with life-sized models of witches, skeletons, slash-movie characters, pumpkins and various other props in their front garden. A witches' cauldron adorns the front lawn and the public can toss their coins in to donate to Marie Curie Cancer Care Trust. As locals begin to prepare for the costume parties and trick-or-treating events the dark evenings are quickly drawing in around southern England.
Halloween is traditionally celebrated with more venom in the UK as each year passes. Several events such as carving pumpkins, ghost tours, haunted attractions, bonfires, divination, apple bobbing and Guy Fawkes fireworks displays take place in the town. The Harris family had a break last year from decorating their home Halloween style. But in 2009 they raised over £400 ($650) for the cancer charity. Mum, Michelle told The Comet newspaper, she inherited her love for Halloween from her American father and she hopes to raise hundreds more this year.
October 31 will see young children dressed in costume go from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or fruit and some of the cheekier ones may want cash. It's a this time of the year when ghosts, witches, and fairies are especially active, according to British Life and Culture website.
Halloween falls on the eve of a major Catholic festival, All Saints (1st November). The tradition of pumpkin carving was seen in North America as early as 1837 but years before that in Ireland and Scotland they used turnips.