I am not a big fan of Halloween probably because I grew up in Italy and there it is not a "thing"; I never wore a scary costume, I never went to a Halloween party, and I think I went just one time to trick or treating.
When I moved to Ireland it was the end of September, and I immediately saw that Halloween was a big deal. Many amazing decorated houses and shops, fireworks for almost a month, party for two weekends and of course, dressed up people with amazing and scary costumes. Even at work, there were a "party" and prizes for the best costume; as I said, Halloween is a big deal!
Do you know the story about Halloween?
Halloween was born in Ireland; people thought that October 31 was the end of the light part of the year and the beginning of the dark part of the year. During this passage, souls who had died during the year could return to give a final goodbye to their loved ones, but evil souls could come back too. To prevent evil souls from leading you to the side of the dead, people began to dress as monsters in order not to be recognized. In addition, to prevent evil souls from inside the houses, they began to decorate the houses with scary witches, ghosts or monsters. And, of course, you could not miss some food-based treatment to keep evil souls away from home (in the past the treatment was nuts and fruit now are candy; just trick or treat).
This year 2020, the shitty year, of course, you cannot celebrate Halloween, but I still found something to do which is complete safety, and I must say that I loved it and it was very fun!
I went on a dark tour. The tour consisted of a two-hour walk around Dublin with a guide telling us ghost stories and dark stories, and I liked it for three main reasons:
1. It was a fantastic sunny day, and other people on tour were Irish or lived in Ireland for many years, so the atmosphere was more "familiar" to everyone.
2. The guide was amazing. He was happy to share with us the stories, and you could feel it because he was enthusiastic and very friendly with us. He was also an amazing storyteller.
3. Finally, but not least, Ireland and the Irish people of the past (and in a different way also now) were very dark, some stories are really disturbing and scary, while others, fortunately, are funny.
The tour started from Dublin Castle with a creepy story set on the only left tower of the castle. Then we moved to Saint Patrick Cathedral, a long stop to Christchurch with scary stories, and we finished to the other side of the river; in total 2 hours walk surrounded by dark and mystery.
I want to share four stories that I liked most.
Do you like Halloween? I would love to hear stories form your city, your traditions during this holiday and what you like about it. Leave a comment and let me know :)