Really interesting facts about Halloween.
Trick or Treat time is upon us and soon the ghosts, little gremlins and goblins will be out gathering candy door to door! It is also a time of lots of costume parties for kids and adults. It is interesting to realize that Halloween is a holiday where people decorate their houses and yards…..buy lots of candy and treats for kids……dress-up and go to lots of parties. Yeah! It’s party time!
How much do you know about Halloween?
Here are some interesting points of trivia about the spooky holiday.
Halloween, on October 31, is a blend of ancient Celtic rituals, Catholic and Roman religious rituals with some European folk traditions mixed in to flavor the celebration.
It has been a celebration where the dead could return to their earthly existence for 1 day.
The Celtic holiday of Samhain, the Catholic Hallowmas period of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day and the Roman festival of Feralia all contribute to the modern Halloween Holiday.
In Colonial America at the end of October the people celebrated Harvest-Time with public events that featured plays, storytelling (many times scary story telling) and mischief pranks.
During the late 1800’s young girls believed that, on Halloween, they could divine their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings, or mirrors.
The early 1900’s saw a shift in the celebration of Halloween as parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day. Halloween parties were community based and focused on games, harvest foods of the season, and colorful costumes.
The retail industry says Americans spend an estimated $6.9 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday.
It is said that Orange and Black are Halloween colors because orange is related to the Fall harvest veggies and black is associated with darkness and ghosts.
Pumpkins with scary faces carved on them are reported to have come from Ireland where the people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away evil spirits on the Samhain holiday.
The Count of Darkness, who many dress like at Halloween, has a society started in his honor: the Count Dracula Society founded in 1962.
Halloween is a Pagan Religion Holiday that is also the last day of the Celtic calendar.
Some of the famous people born on Halloween include: Dale Evans (“Queen of the Cowgirls”), Jane Pauley, Michael Landon, Larry Mullen (U2 Band), Dan Rather.
An old superstition says, if you stare into a mirror at midnight on Halloween you will see the image of your future husband or wife. Yikes!
Did you know that Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween?