Straddling the line between autumn and winter, as well as life and death, Halloween is a unique mix of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have come from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to scare away roaming ghosts. Samhain means “summers end”, and this day marked the end of the summer and the harvest, and the beginning of the cold dark winter.
Later, when the festival was adopted by Christians, they celebrated it as All Hallows’ Eve, followed by All Saints Day, though it still retained elements of remembering and honouring the dead.
Whatever the story, now in our day, this is the season for scary home decorations, scary costumes and scary big bags of free candy. Not only that but you don’t have to buy anyone a gift, there’s no turkey to prepare and you don’t have to look your best when going out!
And what better way to celebrate this day of the dead than by sharing our top 666 scary ghosts caught on camera. Ok, there aren’t 666 ghosts here, that was a trick, but here some spooky treats to enjoy along with your pumpkin spice latte:
1. Ghost In The Tree
2. Amityville Ghost Boy
3. Walking Through Hanging Ghost
4. Ghost At The Gate
5. Ghost Looms Over Hospital Bed
6. Explosive Poltergeist Destroys Kitchen
7. Ghost Just Wants A Coconut
8. The Shadowman
9. Scariest Ghost In The Subway
For many of us, Halloween is a bundle of bizarre traditions that are ingrained in us from a young age, but did you know that the pumpkin that you’re carving up used to be a turnip? Turnips used to be hollowed out and carved to look like protective spirits. The Halloween custom of turnip carving was taken to America by Irish immigrants, and since turnips weren’t cheap, Americans used pumpkins instead.
Good thing, as I’m not sure a turnip spice latte at the coffee break would be very appealing.