Articles Tagged 'Halloween'

Installation Of 3,000 Pumpkins Unveiled In London

Halloween Inspiration: 10 Celebs in Costume

We’re going to mix it up a bit this Halloween, taking a look at British stars in fancy dress, American celebs dressed up in British-themed costumes, and some just for fun (can’t turn our back on a Star Wars look). It’s Halloween, and there’s really no wrong way to go about it: 1. Ed Sheeran already […]


WATCH: Why Halloween’s Really British

In the past, we’ve discussed how many Brits, particularly the English, are a bit ambivalent towards Halloween, dismissing trick-or-treating as an American export. But did you know that Halloween and several of its traditions are actually Scottish in origin? In this episode of our YouTube series, Kate Arnell digs deep into the British roots of […]


#MindTheChat Q&A with Halloween Expert Emma Rae Curtis

In case you were wondering if Halloween experts exist, they most certainly do. We were lucky enough to correspond with All Hallow’s Eve guru Emma Rae Curtis Wednesday (October 29) for a @MindtheGap_BBCA #MindTheChat Twitter session on all things Halloween-y. Emma is an expert who not only consults with people on Halloween related topics and […]


13 Hacks for the Perfect American Halloween

Want to go all-out this year and show your U.S. friends that British expats know how to have spooky fun? Throw a Halloween party complete with terrifying decorations and food ‘n’ drink that’ll give your guests chills. Here are 13 scarily simple tricks and treats. Spider ice cubes Purchase some cheap plastic spiders. Insert one […]


Why Do The English Have A Problem With ‘Trick Or Treating’?

Before we really get into it, can everyone just take a moment to have a look at this video clip? Thanks: That’s right, that’s Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie comically trotting out a fairly widespread line of argument among a certain portion of English people, namely that trick or treating is a vile American import, […]


How to Appreciate an All-American Halloween

Halloween in the U.K. is a scary affair, and not because of all the ghosts, witches and ghouls. Sensible folk hunker down in their homes with the lights off, hoping to avoid confrontations with the gangs of aggressive teens that knock on doors in unimaginative fancy dress demanding sweets or money. Authentic trick or treaters […]

Awkward Elevator Ride

5 Clues That You’re Becoming Americanized, Brits

Brits may claim that their accents haven’t changed, mine hasn’t after more than twenty years here (see what I mean?) but there’s no doubt that, after a while, Americanisms seep in all the same. From the ever-so-slight rhotic R to the “Have a nice day”, we all succumb to some degree. 1. Talking at a […]


Dracula: Bram Stoker’s Very Anglo-Irish Bloodsucker

When someone mentions Dracula, chances are you picture a dark-haired, black-caped, mysterious gent who hails from Transylvania and sounds like Bela Lugosi. Of course Dracula now belongs to the world, but did you know that he’s really a whole lot more English and Irish than anything else? And no, we’re not talking about the more […]

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