Thursday October 31 st 2019
A Tribute to “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” on theater in Italy on October 24, 2019, directed by André Øvredal and produced by Guillermo del Toro.
Also this year, as is usually in Milano since the end of the 80s, one of the most loved events by adults and children comes with the train of the usual diatribes that accompany it (“it is a party that does not belong to us“, ” an evening that evokes the devil “etc etc), but above all the great desire to have fun, dress up and spend the night with friends.
Halloween in Italy appears at the end of the 80’s and presents for the first time a historical disco of those years: The Amnesie of Via Cellini 2, which was the undisputed night temple of the emerging fashion business that would have decreed Milano as international design capital and fashion.
Densely frequented by models, photographers and people in the sector, mostly Americans, in October 1986 it was the first to propose Halloween.
From that date on, more and more Milanese nightclubs began to propose the event on the October 31st evening,too . At the end of the 90s, Milano was the center of this anniversary and many people came from most of Italy to spend the American evening par excellence.
The success of Halloween has continued to increase since then, involving the whole country and today is – to all effects – one of the most famous and loved anniversaries in Italy.
The 2019 Halloween night at Old Fashion Milan
This year Old Fashion has decided to pay tribute to a classic horror novel of Alvin Schwartz (1927-1992) , an American writer particularly dedicated to children’s literature, the 2019 Halloween evening.
Very popular in his country and in the Anglo-Saxon world, it has never been translated into Italian till now ,but its most famous work (a triology): Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark ( macabre works designed especially for boys) will soon be famous thanks to the cinematographic transposition wanted by Guillermo del Toro ( The Shape of Water, Crimson Peak, Mimic, Hellboy etc etc ) which comes out in theaters on October 24th directed by André Øvredal.
In past years we had dedicated the evening to Suspiria (2018) and before that to IT (2017) and so we decided to continue this tradition, which has always received a particular appreciation from you.
The evening begins at 11.00 pm with a set dedicated to Halloween’s “Scary Stories” and a choreography by styled performers.
Prices of the night
Admission till 01.00 :
Ladies 15 € | G-men: 20 €
After 01:00 :
Ladies : 25 € | G-men: 25 €
Privé (1° and 2° Hall ) : from 250 €
Privilege : from 200 €
Origin of the Halloween party
The origin of Halloween is still controversial, but many agree that it is a celebration of Celtic origin celebrated on the evening of October 31, which in the 20th century took on the distinctly macabre and commercial forms with which it became famous in the United States.
Halloween passes from costume parades to children’s games, which run from house to house reciting the trick-or-treat blackmailing formula (dolcetto or scherzetto, in Italy).
Characteristic of the festival is the symbolism linked to death and the occult, of which the symbol of the jack-o’-lantern, the typical Halloween pumpkin.
The historian Nicholas Rogers, researching the origins of Halloween, links it to the Celtic festival of Samhain which means approximately “late summer” and which, according to the Celtic calendar used 2000 years ago among the peoples of England, Ireland and of northern France, marked the beginning of the new year.
Origin of the name: Halloween
The word Halloween represents a Scottish variant, from the full name All Hallows’ Eve which translated means “Night of all sacred spirits”, that is the eve of All Saints (in archaic English “All Hallows’ Day”, modern All Saints’ Day)
The symbols of Halloween
The symbolism of Halloween has been forming over time. The use of carving pumpkins with frightening or grotesque expressions dates back to the tradition of carving turnips to make lanterns with which to remember the souls trapped in Purgatory.
The turnip was traditionally used on Halloween in Ireland and Scotland, but immigrants in North America used the native pumpkin, which was available in large quantities and was larger, thus facilitating the work of carving. The American tradition of carving gourds dates back to 1837 and was originally associated with harvest time in general, while it was specifically associated with Halloween in the second half of the twentieth century. Also elements of the autumn season prevail, such as pumpkins, corn husks and scarecrows ( like the scary one we use for this Halloween and which refers to the movie “Scary Stories to tell in the dark” which inspired the night).
The houses are often decorated with these symbols during Halloween. Black, purple and orange are the traditional colors of this festival.
Trick or treat
It is a Halloween custom for children to be masked from house to house, asking for sweets and candies or some change with the question “Trick or treat?”. The word “trick” is the translation from the English trick, a sort of threat to damage the owners or their property, if no treat is given ( treat ).
There is an English nursery rhyme taught to elementary school children about this custom: “Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat“.
The practice of masking dates back to the Middle Ages and refers to the late medieval practice of almsgiving, when poor people went from door to door to All Saints (November 1) and received food in exchange for prayers for their dead on the day of commemoration of the dead. (November 2).
The Halloween pumpkin, which in English-speaking countries is called “Jack-o’-lantern”, is one of the main objects and symbols of the October 31st festival. Many variations exist regarding the legend of “Jack-o’-Lantern “.
The most widespread and known is however that of Irish derivation:
Jack, an astute blacksmith, stingy and drunk, met the devil one night at the pub. Because of his drunkenness, his soul was almost in the hands of the devil, but astutely Jack asked the devil to turn into a coin, promising his soul in exchange for one last drink. Jack then quickly put the devil in his bag, next to a silver cross, so that the devil could not change back. To get rid of the devil, he promised him that he would not take his soul for the next ten years and Jack let him go.
Ten years later, the devil showed up again and this time Jack asked him to pick an apple from a tree before taking his soul. In order to prevent the devil from descending from the branch, the clever Jack carved a cross on the trunk. Only after a long squabble did the two reach a compromise: in exchange for freedom, the devil would have had to save Jack’s eternal damnation.
During his life, however, Jack committed so many sins that, when he died, he was rejected by Paradise and presented himself in Hell, he was chased away by the devil who reminded him of the pact, very happy to let him wander like a tormented soul. Observing that it was cold and dark, the devil threw him a burning ember, which Jack placed inside a carved turnip he had with him. Thus began, from that moment on, wandering around relentlessly in search of a place to rest.
Since then, on Halloween night, sharpening your vision well, you might see a little flame wandering in the darkness in search of the way home: Jack’s flame.
During the Halloween festivities the tradition of wearing clothes that in Italy could be called carnivales is very rooted, but that they are distinguished by a marked propensity to the macabre and the grotesque. The practice of wearing costumes on Halloween night would derive from the belief that, on the night of October 31st, many supernatural beings and the souls of the dead have the ability to roam the Earth among the living.
Beginning in the 1930s some American companies, in particular Ben Cooper Inc. of New York, began producing clothes and costumes for Halloween on an industrial scale, which began to be bought by citizens in supermarkets and children’s shops. The most used characters were (and still are) vampires, zombies, werewolves, ghosts, skeletons and witches.
( from 11:00 till 01:00)
Ladies : 15 €
G-men : 20 €
- After 01:00
Ladies : 25 €
G–men : 25 €
- Privilege Tables
- Priveé Tables
( 1st and 2°nd hall )
- Magnum and premium bottles available