Autumn is here, nature is at her best showing us an array of beautiful colours, misty mornings and there is a distinct nip in the air. With the clocks changing this weekend we are in for shorter days and it’s time to look out those hats, gloves and boots for long walks on fallen leaves. 
The origins of Halloween date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, UK and northern France, celebrated their new year on 1st November. 
‘The Celts would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honour all saints; soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating sweet treats.’  
This week we celebrate Halloween a fun time for kids big and small to dig into the dressing up box for those spooky costumes and scary masks ready for some safe ‘trick or treating’ in your neighbourhood. Check out the BBC Strictly Halloween show on Saturday night for some great costume ideas. 
Kids will love going to a pumpkin farm and selecting a pumpkin to carve out, something to keep everyone busy! There are some fun pumpkin carving ideas over on Pinterest and you can use the pumpkin flesh to make a warming pumpkin soup. 
Remember, remember the 5th of November! 
Then just a few days after Halloween comes Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night, whose origins are from 5th November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested whilst guarding explosives placed beneath the House of Lords in an attempt to blow up King James 1st. Apparently, to this day, it is customary for the Yeoman of the Guard to search the cellars in the Houses of Parliament before each State Opening. 
This coming weekend will see bonfires and firework displays across the UK as we celebrate Bonfire Night. In days gone by children used to make a ‘Guy’ and wheel it around the neighbourhood in a wheelbarrow collecting pennies. “Penny for the Guy’. 
As a child, there is something magical about trying to spell your name in the dark night sky with a sparkler, of course always make sure there is an adult with you. Then there is bonfire party food to indulge in, the traditional burnt sausage, toffee apples, hot chocolate and marshmallows. 
Bonfire Night Safety Tips from Fireman Sam: 
Light fireworks at arm’s length and NEVER go back to a lit firework. 
Always keep children a safe distance from fireworks. 
Keep well away from bonfires and ensure that children are supervised at all times. Pets are best kept indoors. 
Always wear gloves when handling sparklers and hold at arm’s length. Once finished, put in a bucket of water. 
Finally, ensure you attend a well-organised fireworks display! 
Wishing everyone a spooktacular Halloween and fantastic firework night, stay safe from all at Arnchem Valeting. 
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