The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.
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Halloween Hubble Bubble
Children of a Devon primary school try to explain what happens on All Hallows Eve.
Halloween comes from All Hallows Eve, or the evening before All Saints Day on November 1 followed by All Souls Day on November 2 and traditional commemorations of the dead. Mexico holds large public festivals to celebrate the Day of the Innocents and the Day of the Dead. In the UK hollowing out vegetables may have pagan origins and apple-bobbing is thought to remind people of the medieval dunking used to determine if a woman were a witch or not. What would you do if you met a witch?
Punky lantern processions with carved mangelwurzerls and hollowing out pumpkins have long been traditional. As in Mexico, it is believed the spirits of the dead come alive to walk among the living and so the living dress to assimilate in order to come to no harm. The celebrations were banned under the protestant Puritans in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, but are today the focus of ghoul costumes, ghostly happenings and retelling of horror stories for a true fright night! These primary age children recite Shakespeare's Macbeth and the three witches song of Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble. Hubble Bubble, Toil and Trouble was popularised by Disney.