On Friday 29th of October a Halloween party was organised on Campus for the students in the school’s library.
Halloween (or All Hallows’ evening) is a celebration observed by many countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day – a time in the liturgical year dedicated to the remembrance of the dead, which includes saints (hence the name Hallows), martyrs, and all the ones who have departed.
One theory suggests that Halloween traditions were rooted in pagan rituals and were greatly influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, such as the Gaelic festival of Samhain – a festival marked by gatherings, feasts, and the opening of ancient burial mounds. Souls of the dead were believed to revisit their homes seeking hospitality. Traditionally, Samhain would see people lighting bonfires, and going door to door in costume reciting verses in exchange for food. Donning costumes were seen as a way of either imitating, and/or disguising oneself from the pagan spirits or fairies. Over time, Halloween has evolved into a day of activities, a gathering of friends, spooky parties, and keeping with tradition, donning costumes and trick-or-treating.
To celebrate this ancient festival, and to share with all our students the huge variety of cultural traditions and activities that are an integral part of student experience here on Campus, we hosted a Halloween party so that they could personally experience the cultural traditions of Halloween. Excited, many of the students came dressed in creative and spectacular costumes – vampires, mummies, witches, and fairies - which during the night, helped to create a truly Halloween-ish atmosphere.
Thanks to our student experience and welfare manager, Ms Jacqueline O’Brien, the library was completely transformed with spider’s webs, skeletons, witches, bats, rats, pumpkins and flashing lights. No decoration effort was spared to make the library shine with horror!
The party activities included Pumpkin Carving, Mummy Wrap & Pass the Malteser. The students had great fun and a barrel of laughs, as you can see in some of the pictures taken on the night.
The party was a huge and scary success
The Spookiest part of the year!