Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite,
All are on their rounds tonight;
In the wan moon's silver ray,
Thrives their helter-skelter play.``
Halloween is not only a celebration to honor the dead but also a festival of fairies. In 1770 All Hallow’s Eve was ceased as a celebration in Denmark because of a church reform. It is said that All Hallow’s Eve is the time where the physical world and the world of the supernatural are closest. Bonfires are lit to ward off evil spirits. In Scotland the ‘Sluagh’ a fairy host, gathers the souls of the dead to fly through the air and feast on Halloween. All Hallow’s Eve is the night where fairies and trollkin alike intermingle with the natural realm.
Halloween hails from the Gaelic celebration of Samhain which was a harvest festival.
This illustration was a part of a personal project. A 12 piece series of illustrations based around Scandinavian folklore for a self-published calendar named: Trollkin. See the full series here: [CLICK HERE]