Halloween. A time for ghosts, ghouls, witches and all things scary.
Way back 2,000 years ago the Celts celebrated their new year on the 1st of November.
So why do we celebrate on 31st October?
What we are celebrating is the eve of the new year. All Hallows eve.
The festival, called Samhain, (pronounced sow-in), celebrated the coming of the new year.
The Celts believed that the veil of time seperating the old and new years was very thin. Around midnight the two worlds of the living and the dead were so close that the spirits could be seen.
The Celts would dress up to scare away any evil spirits. Even now children in Scotland still go out guising. This is where the children dress up, recite poetry, tell jokes, sing or dance to ward off evil spirits. Fruit, nuts and sweets were payment for this performance.
Nowadays the American custom of Trick or Treat is more popular and a lot less work for your rewards!
Houses are also decorated to ward off evil spirits - get out that garlic!
Check out the following five sets of solar powered Halloween lights to see what I mean.
I have chosen them for their popularity with previous buyers. And that's not the only factor - they just look so amazing. Worth every penny and that's not much!
LED lights are energy saving and bright with a lifespan of up to 10,000 hours working. That's plenty of time for several Halloweens.
They also work in temperatures between -4F to 140F. So you should not have any problems with your ghosts being too chilly or too hot.
Don't worry about the rain at this time of year as these little ghosts are waterproof and can stand a little splash here and there.
The smart technology allows the lights to remain off during daylight. Only coming on after dark. Not only do they give off a steady light, but they have 7 different flashing configurations.
After 6-8 hours of daylight the lights will remain either steady for 8-10 hours or flashing for 10-12 hours.
I love the cheerful faces on these little ghosts. They look like they really don't want to scare anyone but they will if they have to!
The eco-friendly Firefly Light keeps the skulls at a low temperature. This means that you can safely touch them after they've been running for many hours on.
A sensor means that you don't have to remember to switch them on or off.
All you need to decide is which of the multi-function modes you want your lights set to and change it when you want.
Supplied in a sturdy box you can, if you're like me, store these lights away tidy for next year.
Skulls are one of the most recognizable symbols of Halloween. So, I ask you, what better way to decorate your home or yard and scare the pants off folks at the same time?
These witches hats - 3 of each color - are life sized and have a strong 33ft long wire.
You can hang these hats on fences, in trees or loose so that they seem to float in the air.
An IP65 rating means that they are safe to use outside and will withstand most weather conditions.
There are 2 lighting modes, flashing or steady.
I love the bold colors and size of these hats. The makers are so sure that you will love them too, that they offer a one year money-back guarantee.
This guarantee is unconditional. If you're not happy for any reason they will refund your money.
30 LED lights spaced at 3.94 inch intervals along a 20.83 ft power cable.
With an IP 65 rating these little pumpkins are waterproof and will not overheat.
These little guys have a steady light mode as well as 7 different flashing modes for you to choose from.
The smile on the faces of these little pumpkins made me smile too.
They are sure to be a hit with children young and not so young visiting your home this holiday season.
Place them around your home or yard, stand back and watch the fun begin. You can even buy a web to give a realistic touch to the scene.
There are 8 lighting modes, some of which will make it look as though your spiders are moving. Ugh! sends shivers down my spine.
IP65 rated and waterproof there is no wiring or need to replace batteries. Position the solar panel where it will catch the light , wait and watch.
With a light sensor your spiders will light up as darkness falls and go off as daylight approaches. Truly creatures of the night!
These spiders will add spookiness to you holiday decorations. Perfect.