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The Spooky Halloween Tour of London

Halloween, or All Hallow's Eve, is a time for gathering round your friends and family, carving pumpkins, dressing up as hideous monsters, trick-or-treating, watching as many horror films as you can and seeking out spooky fun of all kinds. Isn't it? It actually began as a pagan festival known as Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, or the "darker half" of the year. It was seen as a time when spirits of the dead could more easily come into our world and would visit the land of the living and revisit their homes. Feasts were held, at which these spirits were invited and a place set at the table for them.

Christianity brought with it some more traditions. November 1st is All Hallow's Day, and in the 12th Century people would parade through the streets dressed in black, ringing a bell of mourning and encouraging others to remember their lost souls. The phrase "All Hallow's Eve" dates back to 1556. People would bake and share soul cakes (this was known as "souling"), and children would go around collecting these cakes. This is where we get our modern custom of trick-or-treating.

The best way to celebrate Halloween in London is to take a ride on The Ghost Bus Tours. We have made a name for ourselves creating spooky fun for all ages, and Halloween is the perfect time to experience one of our comedy horror tours. The only company that provides theatrical sightseeing shows, we will show you the sights of London while taking you on a journey through the city's horrors, spooks, spectres and ghouls. The perfect scary fun experience.