HOW DID HALLOWEEN START?
AND WHY IS IT CELEBRATED?


WHEN IS HALLOWEEN AND HOW DID IT START?

Halloween falls on 31 October, when, according to the ancient Celts, the worlds of the living and dead collide. Traditionally, they’d dress in animal skins and light lanterns to ward off spirits.

This year, many of us may be introducing a new autumn tradition of our own: settling down with a blanket and some favourite treats and spending a cosy night in together. (Spooky stories optional)

Halloween chocolate treats
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HOW IS HALLOWEEN CELEBRATED?

Halloween celebrations vary around the world. In Mexico, colourful sugar skulls are decorated for Day of the Dead. In Scotland you’d light a huge bonfire, and in the USA you’d carve a pumpkin.

No matter how you celebrate, it’s a perfect time to treat the people you love. From wickedly good Halloween chocolate to limited edition autumn flavours, our seasonal collection is ideal for giving or sharing with your family.

seasonal selections
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HOW DID TRICK OR TREATING START?

Trick or treating dates right back to the 9th Century, when the Celts would dress in costume and hold lavish banquets. Going from door to door is a tradition we borrowed from the pagans, who asked for food in return for prayers.

Not surprisingly, families with little ones love the tradition of receiving sweets and treats. This year, make the celebration even more magical with a spooky selection of Halloween goodies.

Spooky chocolate treats
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ALL YOU NEED FOR A WICKEDLY WONDERFUL HALLOWEEN

So, what are the best chocolate gifts for trick or treaters? We recommend fiendishly good fudge, scary Halloween shapes and spine-tingling skeleton lollies… as well as personalising your gift with your own spooky message.

And if you’re planning a cosy evening at home? Turn your night in into a ‘fright’ in with Halloween hampers, limited-edition autumn chocolate flavours and tempting toffee.

Halloween tea time treats
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN, LOVE THORNTONS