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Hallowmas set to spook Reigate – trick or treat, Ghostbusters, street eats and more

PUBLISHED: 11:37 29 October 2014 | UPDATED: 09:39 31 October 2014

Hallowmas set to spook Reigate

Hallowmas set to spook Reigate


Hallowe’en (All Hallows Eve) is, of course, a well celebrated tradition across the UK: trick or treating, parties, apple bobbing and veritable home grown drinking games. But where does the term ‘Hallowmas’ come from?

The tradition of going from door to door receiving food already existed in Great Britain and Ireland in the form of ‘souling’ before ‘trick or treating’, where children and poor people would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1) to sing and say prayers for the dead on All Souls’ Day in return for cakes. Before tick or treating there was also ‘guising’, where children disguised in costumes would go door to door for food and coins.

Not only does Shakespeare mention the practice in his comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593), a few recent writers have applied the Hallowmas term to the three days from October 31 to November 2 inclusive, as a synonym of Hallowtide.

All children love to go ‘trick or treating’ but it is becoming more and more difficult for parents to do this with their children. Not everyone likes people knocking on their doors and for some where they live it’s nigh on impossible. So, let’s make it fun for everyone.

Introducing #PillagetheVillage, on Saturday November 1, 11am to 4pm. Shops and businesses in the town centre will open their doors to the little pillagers of Reigate.

Participating shops will have black and orange balloons outside and treats inside for the pillagers.

Grown ups can collect a trick or treat bag from either Cullenders in Bell Street or Cook in the High Street, and can also leave a donation of a non-perishable food item for local food bank Loveworks.

On the same day it’s Reigate Street Eats in Tunnel Road, with fantastic street food from Flippin Cow, The Tinderbox, Dog Town, Abycina, Crocus Paella and more, with music, mulled cider and a few other naughty treats. Plus you or the kiddies can ‘bob’ for apples and even get your face painted.

And for grown up stuff, the Market Stores have joined in the #ReigateHallowmas fun.

They have live music by The Gremlins on All Hallows’ Eve (Friday) and a Ghostbusters night upstairs on Saturday. Showing the films plus hot dogs, popcorn and nachos.

Enjoy #ReigateHallowmas #pillagethevillage #reigatestreeteats – post pictures and share the fun via twitter.


• Philippa Ratcliffe is a Surrey-based PR, broadcaster and blogger. You can read her blog @


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