Ghosts, witches, scary pumpkins, living skeletons and tons of candies! Halloween has become a very popular holiday, not only in America but all over the world. This year Halloween falls on Monday, October 31. Halloween is the spookiest night of the year, where some people say spirits can wander the earth freely, and others say their children can wander the neighborhood unattended, trick-or-treating or causing havoc. In India, we don’t have the trick or treat tradition, but, we do have theme parties on this day. No matter what, it is one of the most enjoyed and loved holidays.
It’s a shame that we don’t know a lot about this spooky holiday. But don’t worry; we are here to fix this. Let’s have a look at some amazing facts about Halloween day.
- The Beginning
The story of Halloween goes back to a very long time. Halloween is believed to have been born in Ireland in around 4,000 B.C. It was harvest festival of the farmers, which they celebrate at the end of the farm work as a sign of the approaching winter. During this time, people would store their harvest in the barns. But the gangs and thieves were a big problem as they would steal the food and supply. To avoid this, the farmers started to make scary statues or stories to scare the gangs and thieves away. In some cases, the farmers would even spread stories about bloodshed and mysterious kills of strangers or farmers or gangs. These stories passed down from generations to generations and villages to villages and this way the whole world got to know about it.
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- Dance For Candies
Originally, in order to get candies the children would have to dance for the people. The participants would go door-to-door performing choreographed dances, songs and plays in exchange for treats. This started when the kids would beg for money and the people would ask them to perform something to get money. With time, the concept shifted from money to Halloween candies.
This name means “man with a lantern” (i.e., a night watchman) and goes back to the 17th century. Some also associate this with “will o’ the wisp,” those mysterious, flickering blue lights sometimes seen over wetlands at night and associated in folklore with mischievous ghosts, goblins, fairies and the like. A carved pumpkin or turnip lantern with a light place inside it (in form of tea light candles or small bulbs) is the representation of Jack-o’-lantern. The pumpkins are carved with scary faces to add a spice to the night time Halloween fun. This is to ward away any haunting evil spirits.
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- Animal Skin As Costume
According to ancient Roman records, tribes located in today’s Germany and France traditionally wore costumes of animal heads and skins to connect to spirits of the dead. Luckily, they don’t do it now.
- Black Cat Adoption
Long ago there was a tradition of adopting a black cat and killing it as a sacrifice on Halloween. But this cruelty had to stop. The American government banned the adoption of black cats on Halloween day to protect the little creatures. Hopefully, they are still safe.
- The Naughty Kids
Usually, kids get a little extra evil on Halloween day. This is usually because of the amount of sugar intake and the candies. Candies get the kids really pumped up and they are an extra bit naughty conducting many tricks.
- Origination of Costumes
There is a folk tale that previously people would dress up in scary costumes to drive away evil spirits and ghosts. It was believed that on this day, the recently deceased’s spirits would return to earth to haunt the living.
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- Costly holiday
With the costumes, decorations, candy, Halloween is one of the costliest holidays all over the world along with Christmas. An average of $74.34 per (adult) person is spent on candy, costumes, and decor. More than $300 million is also spent on Halloween clothing for pets. Oct. 28 is the day of the year when the most candy is sold in America. 90 million pounds of chocolate are sold during Halloween week alone. In total, $1.9 billion is spent on Halloween candy each year.
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Happy Halloween! Scare the shit out of your friends and don’t forget to have lots of candy.