It’s Halloween soon and here at Peeks we’ve got everything to help you enjoy the occasion on October 31.
The history of this day is a complicated one, but crucial to the way we celebrate it now is down to a person buried near to us in Bournemouth: Mary Shelley.
For she wrote Frankenstein, and it was the dark side of the human psyche encapsulated in gothic novels such as Shelley’s that helped turn Halloween into what it is today.
Halloween is a contraction of “All Hallows’ Evening” – the day before the Christian feast of All Hallows, or All Saints.
Some believe Halloween has pagan roots, too, and the traditions merged and were transported from Britain and Europe to America.
The mass influx of Irish immigrants took with them their own traditions including turnip carving.
The Americans – being Americans – turned it into something much bigger and soon it was being celebrated across the country.
Because pumpkins were already used for harvest celebrations, the humble Irish turnip was replaced in the celebrations by the large, orange vegetable.
With the gothic influence, Halloween in the US grew and grew and after they re-packaged it they sent it back to us with all the commercial extras they are so good at.
And we Brits love it. Here at Peeks over the last 20 years we’ve seen Halloween grow into a huge day in the calendar.
Adults and kids really enjoy it, and Halloween parties are very common where in recent memory they were rare.
Because of the demand we at Peeks are happy to supply everything that is required, and we have a massive range of products available. Our biggest ever range, in fact.
So for all your fancy dress costumes and scene setting backdrops it has to be Peeks.
Browse our website or visit out massive party store in Christchurch, Dorset, to see our full range.
We have cauldrons and candelabras, clever smoke effect machines, crazy toilet seat grabbers and scary Halloween window stickers.
We have fake blood and bats, witches’ brooms and witches’ hats, skeletons and skulls, garlic garlands and other gruesome gear.
There are wigs and gloves, vampires and ghouls, spiders and balloons, curses and hearses - and we even have a blood-splattered back-drop.
This year we have a moving zombie with light and sound that will leave you so scared you’ll be calling for mummy. And we have those too!