Halloween and bonfire night celebration

Halloween pumpkin

Join us on Saturday 4 November to celebrate the spooky festival of Halloween! Be prepared to be scared. The Hub and your fellow guests will be looking their most fearsome, and the DJ will have a stack of horror-filled tunes to terrify. We will also be celebrating bonfire night at the same time. (Please note that we will not have a bonfire or fireworks.)

We will be holding a ‘best pumpkin’ competition so make sure you bring yours carved and ready to thrill. There will be a prize for the winner.

Food will be served buffet-style and there will be a cash bar. There will also be a face painter on hand to add the final touches to your look.

Dress is informal. Come wearing your scariest outfit!

This event is child-friendly but also great fun for adults.

About Halloween and bonfire night

These two unconnected festivals both brighten up the increasingly cold, dark evenings as winter approaches.

Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, can be traced back about 2,000 years to a pre-Christian Celtic festival called Samhain. There was a belief that it was a day when spirits of the dead would cross over into the other world. The modern Halloween is a day for fun: dressing up in scary costumes, carving pumpkin lanterns and ‘trick or treating’. It is particularly enjoyed by children, who dress up as monsters or – for reasons that are unclear – princesses and knock on friendly neighbours’ doors in the hope of receiving sweets. Click to read more about Halloween.

Bonfire Night is a long-standing and very British tradition. It commemorates the popular celebrations when Guy Fawkes failed in his attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605. Although Bonfire Night is officially 5th November, events are often held on the closest weekends to maximise attendance. Bonfire Night’s sectarian significance has generally been lost: it is now usually just a night of revelry with a large fire and fireworks. (Please note that a fire and fireworks will not be part of Kellogg’s event.) Typical Bonfire Night food includes ‘bangers (sausages) and mash’ and toffee apples. Click to read more about bonfire night.

Booking

Student dining allowances do not apply. The price will be £12.50 for students and £15 for other College members, including alumni, and guests.

To book, please email bookings@kellogg.ox.ac.uk with details of any dietary requirements. If you are choosing to bring guests, please supply their names at the time of booking, along with any dietary requirements. Booking will close at 12 midday on Wednesday 1 November and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The cancellation deadline is also midday on Wednesday 1 November. Any cancellations after this deadline will be charged in full for all attendees booked.

We often have waiting lists so if you do wish to cancel your booking it would be appreciated if you could do so as soon as possible in order to allow timely reallocation of spaces.

Non-attendance: If you and/or your guest(s) fail to attend the dinner without notification of cancellation before the stated deadline, you will be charged in full for all attendees booked.