Creativity for Halloween in 2020
Like many other things, Halloween will look different this year, but let’s not be tricked out of a fun time to show off our costumes or to celebrate the Spooktacular holiday!
Now let’s take a look at how Halloween first began. The Halloween tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in) which dates back around 2,000 years ago. The Celts, were mostly in the area known now as Ireland, United Kingdom and northern France. During this ancient festival people would light bonfires, wear costumes to ward of ghosts and tell fortunes to one another. The festival was to mark the end of summer and harvest and welcome the beginning of winter. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween as we know it. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, gatherings, wearing costumes and eating tasty treats.
On any typical Halloween we would answer our doors to families in costume and hand out candy and have large festive gatherings. And this year, instead of trick-or-treating we may see a number of families and friends (otherwise known as a “pod” now-a-days) come up with creative and safe activities. Some of the safe activities we are seeing families participate in here in Santa Barbara County are drive in movies with family friendly spooky movies, backyard movie pizza nights, corn mazes at pumpkin patches, socially distant ghost tours in downtown Santa Barbara, virtual costume contests & drive through haunted houses. Even with these activities being altered to what we are all accustomed to they can still be enjoyable and provide the Halloween spirit.
As everyone participates in the holiday activities we encourage families to stay safe and maintain proper practices. Even though we have to wear face masks think out side the box and come up with fun ideas to decorate your masks or face coverings. There is nothing that can hold back the creative spirit and we cant wait to see how everyone celebrates the holiday this Saturday!