It’s October, and the spookiest day of the year, Halloween, is drawing near. It’s a day of wearing costumes, bobbing for apples, trick-or-treating, and other revelries, but at Al’s Florist & Gifts in Hollywood, Florida, we, of course, love to celebrate with Halloween s! Each October, our creative florists put together a variety of special designs featuring creepy creatures and other haunted embellishments to celebrate the spirit of Halloween.
Why We Celebrate Halloween
To many, Halloween seems like a crazy holiday. We dress up in costumes and go door to door. We light bonfires and make altars to honor and remember our dead. These strange traditions, however, have roots in the history of Halloween, All Saints Day, All Souls Day, and the 3,000-year old Aztec celebration, Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
The Halloween we celebrate today goes back about 2,000 years to the ancient Celtic festival, Samhain. This celebration marked the end of the harvest, a day when the Celts believed the barrier between this world and the afterlife was broken. They’d light bonfires and wear costumes to scare off the ghosts.
In the 8th century, Pope Gregory III named November 1st All Saints Day, the day to celebrate saints and martyrs. Later, November 2nd was declared All Souls Day, a day to remember the dead. Soon, October 31st became known as All Hallow’s Eve, and later Halloween.
Today’s Halloween traditions aren’t too different from those of our ancestors. Although our candy’s wrapped, and we have scary movies to watch, it’s still a time meant for gathering with loved ones to celebrate life, the changing of the seasons, mark the end of harvest, and to honor our ancestors.
Pumpkins, Spiders, and Haunted Houses — Oh My!
Even if you don’t plan to wear a costume or go trick-or-treating, you can get into the spirit of Halloween and participate in the fun. Celebrate and decorate with festive floral arrangements, designed specifically for Halloween. We love to celebrate the holiday with s in favorite colors of the season, and you will too. For example, our Spooky Sweet Bouquet features a variety of sweet-smelling s in green and orange, topped with a festive googly-eyed spider.
You can bring the spirit of the season into your home with a witchy Haunted House arrangement. This creepy and cute arrangement features a variety of seasonal s, such as orange gerberas and maroon carnations topped with a haunted cottage. Arranged in a keepsake ceramic pumpkin, you’ll love this decor piece for years to come.
For a festive look that will last you through the season and beyond, the Halloween Magic Pumpkin Arrangement hits the perfect note, warming any room it adorns. It features autumn s, like mums and lilies, in a full range of harvest colors from burgundy and maroon to orange and bronze. Embellished with other autumn accents and arranged in a keepsake ceramic pumpkin, you or your recipient will have the perfect candy dish to use next Halloween!
Celebrate Any Special Day in October with Festive Flowers and Halloween-Themed Gifts
Whether you know someone with a Halloween birthday, October anniversary, or have a special trick-or-treater who won’t be able to ring your doorbell this year, you can still deliver the fun and excitement of the season! Our professional florists at Al’s Florist & Gifts can help you select the perfect Halloween arrangement or candy-filled Halloween gift basket to send to someone you know who loves Halloween and everything that goes bump in the night. Stop by our shop or order online today!