With the Halloween weekend coming up, we thought it was a great time to look at the spookier side of our luxury scented candles. Candles have a rich and wide-ranging symbolism, so if you think about it, it’s almost inevitable that some of that’s going to be slightly spooky! This week on the blog, we’re going into a bit of the scarier side of their history, and we’ve got some great recommendations for Halloween scented candles that will send a shiver down your spine!
Candles have a long-standing association with various religions, so it’s probably inevitable that some people use them for spirituality’s darker side; the occult! This is mostly to do with the fact that candles have always seemed like they literally have a life of their own: the flame flickers even without a breeze, they can swell or spark without other input, and they can even go out entirely. For centuries, people have associated them with the spirit world (that’s one explanation!), making candles common tools in séances and similar ceremonies.
But historically, they could also be used for completely the opposite. Right here in England – East Anglia, to be precise – in medieval times Halloween was referred to as Lating Night. It was believed to be a time when evil spirits, imps and demons grew near, creeping forward through the dark. To thwart them, brave villagers would carry lit candles out into the fields and woods, using the little hopeful light to ward off the evil spirits.
Of course, in modern times, thankfully we all know better than that now. But you can’t help but wonder what it must have been like for those people if a wind suddenly picked up, and their candles all blew out at once. Or maybe the flames would flicker, but just barely remain lit – which would cast just enough light for the villagers to catch a glimpse of whatever was stalking towards them out of the dark…
We’ve got a huge range of scented candles, and you can count on us to already have some favourites picked out for you for the Halloween season! If you read last week’s blog post, you’ll already be familiar with all the best things about our Autumn luxury scented candle – and if not, we strongly recommend you try it for yourself!
Then there’s our lovely lady Aubergine – rich and earthy, her spicy hints of cinnamon and clove give you a sense of enveloping warmth to see you through the darker nights, and a comforting presence if you’ve got one or two creaky floorboards in the house. Meanwhile, our Noir luxury scented candle gives your home a haunting, ethereal feel, perfect if you’re thinking about enjoying one or two horror flicks with someone special – and what’s more, it’s beautifully sensual scent is also fantastic if you’re, ah…planning something else entirely!
You may well have your own ideas about what you’d prefer from our range – feel free to browse them here, and don’t forget, you can always give us a call on 01200 443377!
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