Snapshots of Our Week #4 – Halloween – London Family Photographer

This week was all about Halloween and the kids enjoyed so much taking part of this pagan tradition. Halloween probably originated as a Celtic pagan festival of the dead, and the Irish immigrants, who sailed to North America in the 19th century, took the custom with them and began using the native pumpkins instead of the traditional turnips as they were bigger and easier to carve. They then placed a light in them to ward off evil spirits and to remember the souls in purgatory.

Halloween London Family Photography - Ana Ruivo

It’s only been a couple of years that Halloween is popular in Notting Hill. US resident families brought Halloween to the neighbourhood for the kids delight. Halloween pumpkins displayed in windows, (regarded as a sign to knock on the door) can be found throughout our streets.

We carved the pumpkins , we dressed up with spooky costumes (still adorable though) and we had lots of fun going out trick or treating in our neighbourhood. In Notting Hill houses were properly decorated and we even had the chance to see a clairevoyante =D

Hope you had a lovely and spooky week!


Snapshots of Our Week is a personal project where I document our lives week by week. I am delighted to share them with you and to show you why documentary photography is my passion.


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    Hello! I'm Ana, a London photographer, in love with light and with the magic of every day. I believe documentary photography transcends time and allows you not only to tell your story but also to relive once again your most cherished memories. In my blog, I share my recent work and some tips and topics I am passionate about.


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