Our range of Halloween orange Lanterns...
The term ‘Halloween’ was first coined in the 16th century and is a Scottish variant of All-Hallows-Eve, the night before All Hallows Day. Halloween is said to signify the end of lighter half of the year and beginning of the darker half of the year i.e. the end of summer and progression into winter.
One story goes that on 31st October every year the spirits of people who had died in the year running up to Halloween would pass between this world and the next. The living did not want to be possessed by these lost spirits so would put out their living room fires, dress up in ghoulish costumes and parade through the streets creating as much noise as possible.
Other stories suggest that October was the month to celebrate the Roman goddess of fruit and seeds, Pomona, when pumpkins and turnips are plentiful. Halloween images typically include scarecrows, pumpkins, witches and skeletons.
Halloween is not celebrated in all countries around the world, but is a popular holiday in the UK, Japan, Sweden and America. It is thought that the celebration was bought from Ireland to America when the Irish fled to escape the potato famine. Turnips were actually originally used by the Irish celebrating Halloween, but the Americans started to use pumpkins!
People typically celebrate Halloween with fancy dress parties, going trick or treating and joining ghosts hunts. The traditional colours used to decorate parties and houses are black, derived from witches, and orange, from pumpkins carved out to create jack-o-lanterns.
Orange paper lanterns and black hanging lanterns are available from The Hanging Lantern Company from 4” to 20” in diameter. Halloween lanterns are available in both paper (for indoor use during the winter) and nylon for use outside.
Why not hang black and orange lanterns, in nylon, outside your front door to spook your trick-or-treaters, or around your garden to create a spooky Halloween party venue?
Children trick-or-treating may like to carry black or orange paper lanterns illuminated with floralytes to light their route, to play tricks and collect sweets and treats.
Alternatively why not decorate orange Chinese Halloween lanterns to create a jack-o-lantern to sit on your front windowsill? You can create lots of spooky faces without having to eat pumpkin for the next 6 months!
Black paper lanterns can be transformed quickly and easily into spiders – stick some white pom poms onto the lantern for the spiders eyes, cut some triangles out of white card to give the spider a vampire style grin and finally use pipe cleaners to keep the spiders legs.
Please send us pictures of your spooky Halloween lanterns, and black and orange paper lanterns as party decorations.