Halloween is just around the corner and we’re gearing up for some frighteningly fabulous festivities. As always, Yorkshire boasts plenty of Halloween celebrations over the next few weeks, from York Maze’s Hallowscream event to the spooky trail at Mother Shipton’s Cave. But Yorkshire doesn’t simply offer some fantastic activities for the whole family this Halloween – it also possesses an important piece of Halloween history: vampires.
Though they’re popular all year round thanks to the likes of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, vampires are even more prominent at Halloween, and you’re sure to discover one or two trick-or-treating on your doorstep this October 31st. But did you know that history’s most famous bloodsucker, Count Dracula himself, was inspired by Yorkshire’s very own Whitby? In 1890, Bram Stoker visited the popular seaside resort to decide if it would be suitable for a family trip, and was immediately taken by the drama of the abbey, its tombstones and the resident bats. Several years later Dracula was published and Yorkshire played a starring role; the protagonist is shipwrecked off the coast, and then heads into the seaside town to cause trouble.
Since the background behind vampires grabbed our attention, we’ve decided to put together a scarily good piece about the rest of Halloween’s history. Helping you to discover the origins of all your favourite frights and the reasons behind October 31st, the History of Halloween is sure to get you ready for the most frightening date on the calendar…
The History of Halloween
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