Halloween in England

I hope everyone had a happy (and scary!) Halloween. My husband, kids and I had a great time trick-or-treating, along with my sister-in-law and her children.

We carved our Jack O’Lantern, roasted our pumpkin seeds and then gorged ourselves on Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and Mars Bars!

When we got home and the monsters were finally in bed, I relaxed and browsed the internet a little. I was surprised to read this on the blog of Neil Gaiman, one of my favorite writers:

…this was in England, where nobody gave you sweets on Hallowe’en when I was a lad. Mostly, as I remember, they just locked themselves indoors and shivered.

Wow! That’s different than what I’ve read, where the British Halloween is described as very similar to the American.

Can anyone who grew up in Britain shed some light? Did you spend Halloween terrified indoors, like Gaiman? Is he serious or just kidding around? Comment below to let me know!

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One Response to “Halloween in England”

  1. Sophie Says:

    In England Halloween is celebrated just like Americans, I grew up decorating our house with fake cobwebs and carving my jack-o-lantern, going trick-or-treating around the village. The person who may have spent their halloween inside may have been Hindu because they stay inside on halloween because their religion says that it is the night where evil spirits come out and cause bad things to happen.

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