Winter evenings are creeping in suddenly, the cool nip is back in the air and the autumn leaves are turning from rustic golds to warm reds. With nature’s elements in place, Halloween is just around the corner.
Halloween in Ireland or know as Samhain as Gaeilge, goes back 2,000 years to the Celtic Times. Celts believed that during the eve of the 31st October, the veil between earth and the afterlife was at its thinnest and so a time when spirits could easily enter the world of the living. During the night of the 31st, folk would dance around a bonfire wearing masks and costumes to protect themselves from evil spirits. Songs were sung and dances were danced till the rise of dawn the following morning.
In order to get cracking with the Halloween festivities, why not set the scene for some spooky enjoyment with these great games from Keelings:
Bobbing for Apples
- Fill a basin with some water and place the apples in the basin
- Hands must be kept behind the player’s back
- The aim of the game is to grab one of the apples and remove it from the water using only your mouth
- Be prepared with towels, as more water ends up on the floor than the basin
Pass the apple
- Line up the children in two rows, the same number of children in each line. Players have to pass the apple to the person behind them but only using their chin, no hands!
- If the apple drops a team must start from the beginning again.
- Create a frightening story, which could be a real life haunting, a classic ghost story, or an urban legend. The key for an ultimate effect is making strange noises or even a hidden prankster or a squeak from a floorboard…
- Tie some string at a suitable length to a tree branch, washing line, or ceiling
- The aim of this game is for the player to eat the entire apple without touching it with their hands
- A prize can be given to the person who gets the first bite out of their apple
So this Halloween why not tell a ghost story, play some Halloween games with family and friends, and make sure to get your Monster Apples from Keelings Fruit for the ultimate fruity scare this October.
Check out #MonsterApples gallery on Keelings’ Facebook page.