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Thursday, 16 October, 2014 - 15:28

Halloween activities

by EllaO

The traditions of Halloween have long been rooted in Christianity, as an event that was originally observed by Christians to mourn the dead. Now, however, trick or treating (dressing up and knocking on neighbours' doors to play a trick or collect sweets) seems to be one of the most popular ways to celebrate Halloween. However, if you feel you're too old to dress up and go trick or treating, how about getting together in teams with some friends and doing these activities?

1. Pumpkin carving - show off your artistic talent and get into the spirit of Halloween by doing some pumpkin carving. If you're stuck for ideas, there are lots on the internet with step-by-step guides. 

2. Apple bobbing - fill two tubs of water with some apples and do a relay. Remember, you can only use your teeth to retrieve the apple - no arms or feet are allowed! 

3. String doughnuts - tie a piece of string around the hole of the doughnut and attach it to the ceiling or a tree in the garden. The aim of the game is to eat the doughnut the fastest, only using your teeth, without letting it drop on the ground. 

4. The mummy - you'll need one toilet roll and in teams of three/four, select one person to be 'mummified'. When the clock starts, start wrapping the roll around your mummy, covering as much of their clothes / flesh as possible. The team with the most-wrapped 'mummy' wins, but points can also be given out for creativity.

5. Spider web - in a circle, grab the hands of two other people who are not next to you, then see if you can untwist yourselves without letting go. 

Or, if you fancy something frightening, have a look in the shops for some horror films. I know that 'The Blair Witch Project' comes highly recommended! 

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Do you celebrate Halloween or does your country have a different special event at this time of year? 

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