Pumpkin time and candy trick or treat night will be here soon. Have you ever wondered how Halloween got started or where the tradition started?
It might surprise you to learn some Facts about Halloween.
Halloween is always celebrated on October 31st, but the day of the week changes annually. It is a strange American Holiday which has become a huge commercial event with many parties and festivals surrounding the actual day. Although Americans, for the most part, discourage occult worship and practices on Halloween their kids dress up like ghouls, witches, goblins and ghosts. There are also many Horror Houses across the country open for several weeks leading up to Halloween night.
Halloween has many different names such as: All Hallows Eve, Samhain, All Hallowtide, The Feast of the Dead, Haloween and All Saints Eve.
Here are some weird facts about Halloween.
- Welsh and Celtic traditions believe the dead visit the living on October 31st….and let the haunting begin. They would were masks on that day so the spirits of the dead would not recognize them.
- Mexicans celebrate “The Day of the Dead” (El Dia de los Muertos)
- During the 1800’s, out in the heartland of America when the Harvest ended celebrations were held at the end of October usually. People dressed up in costumes, had hayrides, ate sweets and bobbed for apples to celebrate. Scaring and tricking people became a young adult prank at the celebrations.
- At the turn of the century, cities were becoming overcrowded and Halloween became a time to let off steam by playing practical jokes and tricks on people. By the 1930’s these practical jokes began to get dangerous and serious damage was being done on Halloween. This is how “trick or Treat”, the movement to have children go door to door and ask for candy began as a substitute for wild pranks and vandalism that was getting out of control in the cities across America.
- Jack o’ lanterns or carved pumpkins as they are known today, originated in Ireland where people put candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away evil spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday
- Can you believe that Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States?
- Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday in America and the western culture, with Christmas being the first
- Legends say if you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved on watching over you
- Holloween was referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back to over 2000 years ago as a traditional pagan celebration
- Legends say that bobbing for apples may have originated from a roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees