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Halloween Happenings and Firework Fun
Posted on: 26 Oct 2013  |   Tags: Halloween Happenings , UK Tourism , UK Tourists , Visit UK ,

Halloween FestivalTHERE’S more to Halloween than gobstopper eyeballs and plastic Dracula masks. I blame the Celts. They were the ones who, 2000 years ago, celebrated the ancient festival of Samhain on November 1. The day marked the end of harvest time and the beginning of the dark, cold winter that they cheerily associated with death. On the night of October 31, those imaginative old timers slipped into animal skin costumes and sat around the fire telling each others’ fortunes, waiting for the ghosts of the dead to return to earth. No animal skins required but, on Thursday, if you’re quick, there are still a few places left on Ghostly Investigations, a night exploring supernatural activity at The Higgins led by Damien O’Dell and the Anglia Paranormal Investigation Society. The building is thought to be haunted by several phantoms, including a dapper chap wearing a bowler hat, dressed in 1930’s clothing. Having attended one of the very popular ghost walks in the old house a few years ago, I can vouch for having, quite literally, felt an other-worldly presence there... REBUILDS, renovations and refinements aside, there has been a family house at Wrest Park since the early 13th century. Plenty of material there then for ghostly tales and strange sightings. This Halloween, from October 28 - November 1, adventurers of all ages are invited to join the Time Travelers Go… Ghosts and Ghouls Mystery Trail Around the route, spine-chilling characters will share stories of haunted castles and ancient legends. Expect the ghastly, the unexplainable and the terrifying. It’s enough to turn even the bravest pumpkin potty! BUT you can’t get away from pumpkins altogether, can you? At Frosts Garden Centre, Willington, until October 31, they’re holding a creative workshop so mini-beasties can craft their own silly smile or a gruesome grin into the... well what actually is it? The pumpkin is a member of the squash family, and, though it is treated like a vegetable, it is technically a fruit. The reason being? Because it grows on a vine and contains seeds. So there. IT’S all aboard the Scary Tractor Ride through the Wacky Woods at Thurleigh Farm & Adventure Playground this half-term. Brave the ghost train, shoot monsters in the Maize Maze or head down to the deadly dungeon for some craft activities. And if you’re not afraid of things that go bump in the night, there’s always the Orridly Aunted Hattic. Scare ratings for activities are helpfully provided! BUT October 31 isn’t the only significant date on the calendar at this time of year. If Halloween is just a little too transatlantic or tacky in feel for your taste what about our very own celebration of treason, pyrotechnics and torture? When Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators’ attempt to blow up the House of Lords and with it, King James l failed, little did they know that, more than 400 years later we’d all be ooohing and ahhhing at the sight of a Roman Candle and writing our names with sparklers. This year, the traditional fireworks displays at Bedford Rugby Club and Ampthill Park are scheduled to take place on Friday evening. Source: http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/Lifestyle-and-leisure/Halloween-Happenings-and-Firework-Fun-20131025144430.htm

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