Once in a while The Library of Living Monsters allows the public a glimpse behind the curtain and into the library’s vast collection of monsters and ghouls of all shapes and sizes. From the serious to the mischievous. The cute and cuddly, and those which if seen would turn you to stone.They are so horrifying !
Today is one of those days. In fact it is the first time in a long time that the Library has allowed such unparalleled access into its walls of secrecy. In celebration of this The Library of Living Monster offers you a peek at one of our most rare and unknown inmates.
The Spirt of Halloween…
Ever wondered why Britain isn’t as mad for Halloween as America ? Have you ever thought that at one time they were ? That in Britain Halloween was as big as Christmas !
Well it was.
In 1798 King George III declared a war on Halloween, announcing that his citizens were spending too much time and too much effort on the October Celebrations. He offered a reward for any man or woman who could capture The Spirit of Halloween.
Now The Spirit of Halloween had been part of the British Isles for many year prior to King Georges announcement. His large pumpkin face and cat balloon had often led the British in their celebrations. In fact The Spirit of Halloween was dubbed the British saint of All Hallows Eve. As the years passed the power and respect for the Spirit grew, to the point where this upset the monarchs and leaders of the times. King George was merely the first to put his foot down.
So on a grim November the people of the British isles arrived at the home of The Spirit of Halloween, and marched him into custody of the crown. He remained in prison for over two centuries, as Halloween slowly faded from the British public’s consciousness.
The origins of The Spirit of Halloween are unknown though portraits and works from the time suggest that he was a normal man, struck down in a Halloween themed accident and when he recovered he had a Pumpkin for a head and the body of a bat covered clown, his pet cat survived; only as a balloon head.
The Library had tried on many occasions to gain access to The Spirit of Halloween, offering him refuge and safety within the library’s walls. However all request were turned down by the crown. Until the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, who released The Spirit of Halloween into The Library of Living Monsters custody, where to this day he sits in his padded room, where it is Halloween everyday for him and his little cat balloon.
As for Britain, they never quite have recovered their Halloween spirit, despite many American companies attempts to bring it back into the mainstream. You will never catch them doing anything like this… Watch a Clip of American Halloweeners