Monthly Archives: October 2018

  • Our pick of the best Halloween Trick or Treat Sweets!

    One of our favourite Halloween traditions is trick or treating. It’s great to get all dressed up in fabulous Halloween costumes and head around the neighbourhood on the hunt for delicious tasty treats.

    It’s also great to see a whole host of zombies, skeletons, witches, and warlocks haunting the streets as kids get into the Halloween spirit.

    At Poundstretcher, we have everything you need to enjoy Halloween 2018 and ensure you and your family have a night you won’t forget in a hurry.

    Included in our range are a whole host of perfect trick or treat sweets and items that can be given to any terrifying visitor to your door this Halloween, or just eaten as a delicious snack yourself!

    Where does Trick or Treating come from?

    One interesting question is why do we go Trick or Treating at Halloween? You might not have thought about it before, but it’s all a little bit strange, isn’t it!?

    It goes back to the origins of Halloween itself. Though nobody seems to be 100% certain of where Halloween originates from, the dressing up as ghosts and ghouls that you see with modern Halloween might well be linked to the Gaelic festival of Samhain.

    This is when the Celts believed the world of ghosts and ghouls was at its closest, so people would dress up in terrifying outfits to ward them off.

    Fast forward to 2018 and that’s why you see children and big kids alike sporting spooky costumes. But why do they go from door to door trick or treating?

    It all seems to stem back to the Middle Ages, where children would dress up in costumes and beg for food and money in exchange for prayers or songs around Halloween. These offerings were often made on behalf of the dead, all adding to the spookiness.

    This is the beginnings of what trick or treat has come to be today, and we’re delighted that we have an excuse to celebrate Halloween in style.

    Buy Spooky Sweets and Treats from Poundstretcher

    We have a host of excellent cheap sweets and confectionary available at Poundstretcher for you, your family, and any trick or treaters that visit your home this Halloween.

    We have exceptional Party Mix Sweets Tubs, as well as chocolate pumpkins and chocolate eyeballs to get your teeth into.

    Or why not try these Halloween gummy body parts or Halloween cyclops eyeballs? They may sound gross, but they taste delicious.

    You can also buy Drumstick Squashies in a host of flavours, as well as lollipops, Parma Violets and Refresher sweets for you to get your teeth into.

    And if you and the family are heading out trick or treating, you can also buy great items in which to keep your Halloween treats this year. Take a look at our spooky holographic trick or treat bags for example, or our skeleton trick or treat bags.

    We also stock pumpkin sweet buckets that are great for collecting goodies in, as well as trick or treat bowls and witches cauldrons.

    So be sure to start planning your visit to your nearest Poundstretcher store before this Halloween and pick up some tasty treats. Use our Find a Store tool today.

  • Why do we dress up and decorate at Halloween?

    At Poundstretcher, Halloween is one of our favourite nights of the year. We love having an excuse to dress up as a scary character and kit out rooms with fabulous ghoulish items.

    But when all is said and done, it’s a bit of a strange thing, isn’t it? Why, one night every year, do we celebrate all things scary and spooky?

    Like most events that take place annually, there’s a fair bit of history and tradition that contributes to how we celebrate it today.

    So with Halloween fast approaching, we’ve taken a look at what lies behind the event to give you a better idea of why your Halloween decorations and Halloween costumes are as they are.

    Halloween’s Roots

    You may know that there’s a religious element to Halloween. In most Christian Churches, the 1st of November is All Saint’s Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day. So the 31st of October is All Hallows’ Eve or Evening, which over time has become ‘Halloween’ as we know it today.

    So that’s where the name comes from, but there’s some debate as to whether the traditions and celebrations associated with Halloween come from Pagan or Christian beginnings.

    One of the most popular theories is that many of the traditions stem from the Gaelic festival Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest season and the transition to the darker time of year.

    This was the time of year when the Celtic people of Ireland and Scotland, in particular, believed the world of ghosts and ghouls was at its closest. So it was at Samhain that these people looked to scare away these ghosts and ghouls and keep them in their own world using all many of spooky techniques, such as lighting bonfires and wearing costumes for example.

    Interestingly, one of the reasons the pumpkin is so associated with Halloween is because Christians were encouraged to abstain from meat on All Hallows’ Day. So alternatives, such as pumpkins, were sought and thus became associated with Halloween as we know it.

    It seems that Halloween, as it’s celebrated in the modern age, takes inspiration from a number of historical traditions – all of which band together for the spooky fun we enjoy today.

    Halloween Today

    However, the traditions we today associate with Halloween came about, Halloween today is big business.

    With mass emigration from Europe to the USA in the 19th and 20th centuries, many traditions went with those people who moved across the Atlantic.

    This is why today there are huge festivals and celebrations around Halloween in the US, and the event has become a major part of popular culture both there and in the UK.

    You can get Halloween decoration ideas by taking a look through our superb selection of products. We also stock excellent Halloween partyware, as well as plenty of plenty of Halloween sweets and confectionary in our Trick and Treat range. We also host a wide selection of bargain Halloween decorations to get your homes or offices looking exactly as you wish.

    Be sure to head to your nearest Poundstretcher store before 31st October and get everything you need for Halloween 2018.

  • Get Ghoulishly Great Halloween Decorations at Poundstretcher

    Halloween is when all the spooky, ghoulish things come out to play. Not only does that make it a great excuse to get dressed up in fantastic Halloween costumes, but there’s also ample opportunity to decorate rooms, offices, and any space you fancy with Halloween decorations.

    At Poundstretcher, we have everything you need to have a Halloween to remember! With a wide variety of bargain Halloween decorations to help set the mood, you can be sure everyone will get into the fright night feel.

     

     Spooky Lights

    Getting the right lights in place goes a long way when it comes to creating that creepy Halloween vibe. Poundstretcher is the place to head to in order to find themed lights that are the perfect addition to anywhere you want to give a frightening feel to.

    We stock a selection of spooky Halloween lights that come in a range of shapes such as bats, spiders, pumpkins and ghosts.

    There are also string lights with a Halloween style available. Take a look at our eyeball and pumpkin string lights. These are great items to hang to create a scary environment in which to celebrate this spooky day.

     

    Truly Ghoulish Products

    Here at Poundstretcher, we know exactly what will get those pulses racing and people jumping out of their skin this Halloween.

    For starters, we have scary spider webs and 4 packs of spider web decorations. These really give off that creepy vibe needed for a Halloween party, as do these fright tape products, which we have available with messages such as ‘Biohazard’ and ‘Enter if you dare’.

    We stock tinsel Halloween decorations too. Take a look at these pumpkin, black cat and spider web decorations – ideal items for creating a spooky vibe. If you want something even scarier, then why not grab these spooky rat and bird skeleton models, or these hanging caged skeletons, available in silver or gold.

    Why not think about a hanging bone angel skeleton or a creepy skull chain? Or for those people looking to create a really nightmarish vibe, we have hanging pirate skullscreepy rat decorations, and even a severed leg available! These are sure to give any guests to your Halloween party the heebie-jeebies!

     

    Family Fun Decorations

    We know these kinds of decorations aren’t for everybody, so our range of Halloween decorations at Poundstretcher caters to all the family.

    We offer glitter shapes of pumpkins and skulls, as well as glow in the dark googly eyes, spooky tea lights and Halloween character bunting.

    In fact, we have a variety of partyware available. We stock Halloween balloons, glow sticks, and Halloween garlands, so there’s no reason not to head to your nearest Poundstretcher store for all your Halloween 2018 needs!

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