All Hallows’ Eve – also known as Halloween – is based on a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. It is celebrated on 31 October, about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It is a magical time when the boundary between this world and the netherworld of spirits can more easily be crossed. Witches traditionally celebrate All Hallows’ Eve with bonfires, rituals, and dances.
Waters End Academy will host an All Hallows’ Eve celebration on Saturday October 31 starting at 5:30 PM and continuing for just one hour until sundown. The event will include a mini bonfire in a large stone hearth, spooky incantations, and delicious potions and treats. Students will participate in a traditional Witch dance in which they prance in a circle with brooms.
At the conclusion of the event, students may set out together to Trick or Treat in the village with their parent’s permission.
Space is limited for this event so register now!
The event will take place in the backyard patio of the Headmaster in Waters End. Social distancing will be observed. It will last approximately one hour and end at sunset. Students should arrive at the Headmaster’s residence at the starting time and enter by way of the side entrance gate.
- Students will enjoy a Witches’ fire ceremony.
- Students will join in the recital of celebratory incantations that welcome Halloween.
- Students will participate in a traditional Witches’ dance. BRING YOUR BROOM!
- Students may Trick or Treat in the village within their Waters End Academy “pod”.