Happy Halloween!

Everyone at Smart Storage absolutely loves this time of year and are so excited for another ‘spooktastic’ October 31st.

After-all, what’s not to like about this time of year? You can binge-watch all the horror movies you want, finally admit that you believe in ghosts (and not be judged for it…) and eat enough sweets for the year – or at least, until Christmas.

We’re also very excited to finally don our fancy dress once again and show off our Thriller dance moves.

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Halloween at Smart Storage – And a Scary Competition

And, from Saturday 27th onwards we’ll be adding some ghostly touches to our stores… And, of course, you can expect to see some amazing pumpkin-carving skills from Smart Storage as well.

Because we really really love Halloween, we’re also doing a little competition – we have plenty of scary props in-store for our current and would-be customers to take spooky selfies with. So, after taking a great photo, upload it to Facebook and tag us. Don’t forget to like and follow our Facebook page as well to be in with a chance to win a voucher for Smart Storage.

Just come into reception, meet our service team and join the fun!

5 Halloween Facts You’ve Probably Never Heard Before

Last year, we told you all about the most haunted self-storage facilities around the world; to celebrate the scariest day of 2018, we couldn’t think of a better way than putting together some fun facts that you may not know about Halloween.

1. The Famous Michael Myers’ Mask

Does this mask remind you of someone?

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No? What about Captain Kirk?

The mask used in the 1978 movie Halloween was none other than William Shatner’s face, Star Trek’s Captain James T Kirk. The film’s producers were on such a tight budget at the time that the prop department had to use the cheapest mask they could find at a local fancy dress shop. They modified it a little and painted it to make it look scarier but, all in all, it only cost them $2. Shatner was so honoured when he found out that he’s been out trick-or-treating in the mask of his face.

2. The Original Jack O’ Lantern

The original Jack o’ Lantern looked very different than what you find today. And while you may think carved pumpkins aren’t scary, turnips are a completely different matter; perhaps because they’re not orange and a lot smaller, looking a little bit like shrunken heads… The British habit of adding a scary face into a vegetable changed when Irish immigrants took the idea to America but had to use pumpkins because they were cheaper than turnips. Today, everyone uses pumpkins.

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3. Finding a Soulmate

Forget Valentine’s Day; believe it or not, Halloween used to be the best time of year to find romance in places like Scotland and Ireland. Scottish girls believed that they could see images of their future husband by hanging wet sheets in front of the fire on Halloween. In Ireland, it was common to play romantic fortune-telling games that, allegedly, predicted who someone would marry and when.

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4. Dancing for Treats

Many historians believe that the inspiration for trick-or-treating originated from European mumming, where people in costume played songs and danced in return for treats. Beggars are also thought to have begun the tradition of trick-or-treat – while they didn’t play pranks, they often went door-to-door to beg for money. Wealthy children sometimes indulged in door-to-door begging as well. This stopped for a while in the 1930s, but the practice eventually started again later in the century to stop children from pulling Halloween pranks.

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5. The Largest Pumpkin in the World

The pumpkins typically used for carving tend to weigh around 12 to 18 pounds; while most will never be the size of Cinderella’s fabled carriage, this hasn’t stopped some of the world’s most respected pumpkin-growers from trying to break records. Seeking the thrill of growing the largest pumpkin on Earth (as well as seeking a coveted spot in The Guinness Book of World Records), people like Mathias Willemijns of Belgium are on a quest.

And, in 2016, Mathias achieved it. He managed to grow a pumpkin that weighed a mammoth 2,624 pounds, the heaviest one in the world; for now, his record remains unbeaten.

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You’d find it difficult – or downright impossible – to find a place in your home to store a 2,624-pound pumpkin, but Smart Storage could do it for you. We’ve already helped the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus with their storage problems, so a giant Jack o’ Lantern would be a breeze.

How would we go about it? Simple – just tell us what you need and get a quote in no time!