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Hallowmas at Harrowgate Heath

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

“Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble…
…By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.”

This event will be shrieking fun, with many period Hallowmas games and traditions (and a couple we made up on our own!)


We would love any merchants who would like to come out and sell their wares to contact us.
We have plenty of room, and site will be free.

Period Costume Contest

Hallowmas costumes can be divided into three categories: very early, middle, and later when the three celebrations of the Eve of All Saints', All Saints', and All Souls' were combined into Hallowmas. Early in the tradition of Samhain, it was popular to dress up as an animal, and a typical costumes were made from furs and heads of animals.

Later, when Christianity began to influence the tradition, it was popular to dress as Saints and Angels.

As Hallowmas developed from all traditions, it became custom to dress more for the darkness, as ghouls, goblins, and other creatures of lore.

We would love to see everyone out in a Hallowmas costume, and we completely encourage gentles to come out not in a period costume, but a costume that is period. There will, of course, be spooky prizes.

Team Plays

Teams of three gentles who wish to participate in this game may sign up for it at Troll. The goal is to create a small Hallowmas play
based on three mystery props you will be given when your time comes to entertain... did we mention you don't know what they are until it's your turn to present?

Tarot Readings

During the Hallowmas celebration, it was custom that fortunes be told. Lisa-Marie, professional Tarot reader,
will be giving readings to anyone who wishes them.

Bobbing for Apples

This tradition started during the Roman festival to honour Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees.
We’ll be tying them to strings, as dunking your head into a tub of water with garb on is not anyone’s cup of tea.

The Witch Hunt

Grab a mini caldron and start hunting those little witches! They could be inside or outside.
Officially this activity will start at 1:00p.m, but anyone is welcome to join in whenever they wish. Find the most witches, and win a prize.

Celtic Sea

This Hallowmas eve the hall shall be alive with music, as Celtic Sea regale all with their wonderful music.

Gourd and Turnip Carving Contest

The turnip was the Middle Ages’ very own jack-o-lantern, as pumpkins were not native and came from the new world.
There will be a first, second and third prize for the best-carved gourd or turnip. Supplies will be available there to participate,
but if you wish to carve at home and bring for judging, that is fine too!

Period Spooky Tales and Contest

We would love for anyone who wishes to try their skill at scary tales during feast!

Fighting and Fencing

There are grassy areas for any Fighters and Fencers who wish to practise outside the hall.

Plus Many More Hallowmas Surprises!