We'll be dragged kicking and screaming into winter
SITTING in my office at Arnos Vale Cemetery today I can look out at the glorious sunshine – a perfect autumn day! It's difficult to imagine that within a couple of weeks it will be the end of British Summer Time and the clocks will go back, dragging us kicking and screaming into the winter darkness!
But for many of us this change marks the beginning of the next phase of the annual calendar – school half term and Halloween and we have plenty in store for everyone over this period.
Halloween, once known as All Hallows' Eve is a yearly celebration which takes place on October 31, the eve of the feast of All Hallows which is the time of year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints, martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.
The modern celebration of Halloween is thought to have been influenced by folk customs and beliefs and we hope our programme this autumn resonates with a range of viewpoints.
Our 'Night at the Cemetery' tours are always popular and particularly so at this time of year, making booking essential!
It's a great way to explore the graves, folk customs and funeral etiquette of Victorian society and soak up the ethereal beauty of the cemetery in this atmospheric exploration.
Younger visitors love our fun alternative to trick or treat.
A twilight, torch-lit treasure hunt finding out about nocturnal creatures, hidden histories and tall tales.
During half term our Halloween inspired activities include creepy crafts such as making the marvellous moving skeleton, brilliant bats and scary spider!
At this time of year in Mexico, the 'Day of the Dead' is also celebrated, bringing together family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.
In Mexico the day is a bank holiday taking place on November 1 and 2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.
Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honouring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favourite foods and beverages of the departed.
This year we are delighted to be working with Otomi and local artists to develop a community project celebrating Mexican Day of the Dead at Arnos Vale.
Join us from November 1 to 3 to discover more about the beliefs and practices behind the world's most colourful day of remembrance and help decorate our community altar to celebrate this fascinating festival.
To find out more visit our website: www.arnosvale.org.uk.