Illustration of two children and a disguised troll who are trick or treating at the house of a witch for Halloween

Trollkin: All Hallow’s Eve

Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite,
All are on their rounds tonight;
In the wan moon's silver ray,
Thrives their helter-skelter play.``
-Joel Benton

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]

All Hallow’s Eve as displayed in the Trollkin 2013 Calendar.
Kiri Østergaard Leonard

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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