With its origins in the Celtic pagan festival of Samhain, Halloween has been adapted over time by a combination of Christian traditions and immigrants’ customs, together with an insatiable desire for sweets.
Samhain, meaning ‘Summer’s End’ celebrated the end of the harvest season however Celtic superstition had them believing that evil spirits would roam the earth before All Saint’s Day on 1st November so they dressed up in white and blackened their faces to try and trick the spirits.
Gaels used to carve turnips to ward off the spirits and stop fairies settling in houses. This was superseded by pumpkins in the 1840s when an influx of Irish immigrants to North America made turnips hard to find.
Over the years the annual event has gained in popularity, with costumes becoming more diverse and elaborate. By the early 20th Century, the threat of a prank in exchange for sweets came about in America, hence the saying “Trick or treat”.
This stunning pumpkin lantern made from zinc alloy has all the characteristics of a carved pumpkin, and provides ghoulish fun for Halloween. The lantern is freestanding and can also be suspended using the handle. A leaf dangles from the rim, adding authenticity.
Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, although it is recommended in order to prolong its life, you store the lantern indoors when not in use. Please take care if using real candles, which for safety should not be left unattended.
This chubby spook can be brought out year on year to provide some atmospheric Halloween lighting.