London, United Kingdom, October 30, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- During the month of September, visitors to the website ThemeParks-UK.com were asked which season they preferred, and a surprisingly high 13% said Halloween. The results are released just as Halloween is starting to take hold of the UK, with high street stores and supermarkets making the most of it's growing popularity.
Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain, from around 500BC. November 1st was the start of the Celtic New Year, when the Celts gave thanks to the gods for the autumn harvest. Celts wore masks and costumes, often animal skins and heads, to keep demons at bay. The mass-production of masks and costumes didn't really begin until the 1930's and it is only in recent years that it has become popular in the UK.
This Halloween may be the biggest yet, with the ever popular trick or treat games, themed parties, horror movies and special events at the UK's theme parks.