Halloween, Hallowtide, Witchcraft and Martin Luther

| October 31, 2019

Halloween, Hallowtide, Witchcraft and Martin Luther

Today, the 31st October, is of course All Hallows Eve, more commonly known as Halloween, the first day of Hallowtide. I’m marking the occasion with three videos – one about Hallowtide and how it was celebrated in Tudor times, one about superstition and witchcraft in the Tudor period, and another about an event that took […]

Happy Halloween, or All Hallows Eve!

| October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween, or All Hallows Eve!

Today, 31st October, as well as being the birthday of my daughter (Happy birthday Verity!) is also All Hallows Eve, or Halloween as it’s more commonly known. Halloween is the first day of Hallowtide, which includes the Feast of All Hallows, also known as All Saints’ Day, which is celebrated on 1st November and which […]

31 October – Halloween

| October 31, 2016

31 October – Halloween

All Hallows Eve, or Halloween as it’s more commonly referred to today, is celebrated on the night of 31st October, the night before All Saints’ Day (All Hallows), the feast day of all saints, known and unknown. It is the first day of Hallowtide, which also includes the Feast of All Hallows (or All Saints) […]

Tudor Cooking with Claire – Soul Cakes

| October 31, 2015

Tudor Cooking with Claire – Soul Cakes

As today is Halloween and it was traditional for medieval people to go “souling” at Hallowtide, I thought I’d make soul cakes. Mine are a bit more like soul “cookies” as I rolled them quite thin, but I hope you enjoy my video and why don’t you try out the recipe? You can find out […]

31 October – Halloween or All Hallows Eve

| October 31, 2015

31 October – Halloween or All Hallows Eve

All Hallows Eve, or Halloween as it’s more commonly referred to today, is celebrated on the night of 31st October, the night before All Saints’ Day (All Hallows), the feast day of all saints, known and unknown. It is the first day of Hallowtide, which also includes the Feast of All Hallows (or All Saints) […]

31 October – Halloween or All Hallows Eve

| October 31, 2014

31 October – Halloween or All Hallows Eve

Happy Halloween! Today in many countries around the world children and adults will be dressing up in costume, carving pumpkins, going to parties, going trick or treating… having all kinds of fun, but what is Halloween really all about? Is it a celebration of all things paranormal and evil? Well, no, not originally anyway and […]

All Hallows Eve – The Feast of the Dead

| October 31, 2013

All Hallows Eve – The Feast of the Dead

All Hallows Eve (Halloween), the night before All Saints’ Day (All Hallows), has its roots in the Celtic new year festival of Samhain, which was celebrated from sunset on 31st October to sunset on 1st November. At Samhain, it was believed that the veil between the world of the living and that of the dead […]

Halloween Competition 2011 Results

| November 7, 2011

Halloween Competition 2011 Results

Thank you to all those who sent me photos for the Halloween Competition, we had such a hard time judging it as you all looked wonderful. You’re all so creative and beautiful! And the winner of the Anne Boleyn Files Halloween Competition 2011 Competition is…drumroll…fanfare… Sheena Reekie as Queen Elizabeth I, with her trusty sidekick […]