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Spooky Halloween Customs From Direct Travel Insurance


Celebrate all things spooky with a fantastic Halloween Prize Draw from Direct Travel Insurance.

(PRWEB UK) 25 October 2012

Not many people realise that Halloween was invented in Ireland, not in America, and even fewer probably know that the traditional German festival used to be known as Turnip Ghosts. These are just two of the fascinating facts unearthed by travel insurance experts Direct Travel, who are celebrating all things spooky with a fantastic Halloween Prize Draw.

Five lucky customers will win a £40 hamper of creepy sweets including Giant Spiders, Jelly Bats, Red Eye Skulls and more retro goodies such as flying saucers, fizzers, refresher chews and jelly snakes. All they have to do is buy a new policy* from 1 October to 29 October and they will be entered automatically into the competition.

There are travel insurance policies tailored to every trip available from Direct Travel, from low-cost single-trip travel insurance with a high level of cover and great customer service, to annual travel insurance policies for those planning more than one trip a year.

Other cheap travel insurance includes ski insurance and winter sports insurance, backpacker insurance, group travel insurance and over-55s travel insurance. A choice of UK, Europe and worldwide options mean travellers only pay for what they need, with all policies covering personal belongings, medical emergencies and delays or cancellation.

As for those Halloween traditions, Direct Travel's team of researchers have discovered that:

  •     Migrants crossing the Atlantic to escape the Irish Potato Famine in the 1840s took the idea of a Halloween festival around 31 October to the U.S.
  •     The first reference to trick or treating came in 1911 when a Canadian newspaper reported children in disguise asking for nuts and candies.
  •     Ireland's traditional cake for Halloween is fruit bread called Barmbrack.
  •     In Japan children enjoy snacks with a Halloween theme such as pumpkin soup-flavoured corn puffs.
  •     The whole idea of Halloween and trick or treating is lost on most people in Italy, where the concept has never caught on.
  •     A Hong Kong custom of warding off the spirits of the dead with gifts is called Yue Lan (Festival of the Hungry Ghosts), while German traditions included Rübengeistern (Turnip Ghosts) before Halloween grew in popularity in the 1990s.
  •     The Spanish name for Halloween in Noche de Brujas, meaning Night of the Witches.

This year Halloween falls during half term for most schools, so families enjoying a holiday abroad can check out local customs wherever they're going.

  • This offer does not apply to policy renewal.

Notes for Editors

Established in late 1992 and trading since 1993, Direct Travel Insurance specialises in travel insurance for individual travellers, couples and families up to the age of 75. Direct Travel Insurance offers a range of cover options and added benefits including cover for over 100 sports and activities enabling customers to tailor their policies for single trip, annual multi trip, backpacking and winter sports.

All travel insurance policies are underwritten by Chartis Europe Limited. Direct Travel Insurance is a trading name of UNAT Direct Insurance Management Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA Number 312350). Chartis Europe Limited is also authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA Number 202628).

This information can be checked by visiting the FSA website.

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