Like most modern celebrations, Halloween has become increasingly commercialised. Expensive costumes, flashy decorations and sugary sweets are now the mainstay in shops, as opposed to the simpler staples of nuts, apples and barmbrack, popular in years gone by.

Halloween marks the final and darkest quarter of the year, shrouding it in mystery. As agriculture was historically the country’s main occupation, with the harvest stored for the winter and the turf in, at Halloween time there was a certain security and a sense that people could unwind.