Halloween 2The origins of Halloween date back 2000 years to the ancient festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). At that time the Celts, who lived in Ireland, the UK and northern France, celebrated their New Year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the cold, dark winter. The Celts believed that on the night before the New Year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. So on the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

Today Halloween is more popular than ever. Last year it was estimated that £320 million was spent in the UK on Halloween, with £25.13 million of that going on pumpkins!

Arlington Laboratories offer a range of spooky designs (including Dracula, a ghost, a witch, a mummy and a pumpkin) which can be inserted into your earmoulds as part of the Better Hearing Initiative (BHI). The BHI was created in 2000 by Arlington Laboratories and their partners Starkey Laboratories Limited, who devised a technique to insert a picture into the earmould at the development stage.

As well as the Fantasy and History range, other character ranges on offer through BHI include Doctor Who, Teletubbies, Noddy, Mr. Men and Little Miss. Children and young people can also choose from a range of Premiership football team crests, rugby union and league club crests, animals, vehicles and logos including the superheroes - Batman, Superman and Spiderman.

Find out more about the Better Hearing Initiative

Take a look at the BHI Character Brochure