As we dive into this Halloween article, you'll find 5 or more things you didn't know about Halloween.
Keep your eyes peeled throughout....which ones did you not know?
We'll reveal our list at the very end 👻
What Is Halloween?
For many, especially people residing in America, Halloween is a day to dress up children of all ages and hit the neighborhoods to knock on doors and ask for candy.
We can almost bet, however, that if you were to ask them why they would not be able to answer.
We've adapted the holiday and brushed it up a bit to be more of a fun participation in today's year.
I can't lie, I just love seeing all the costumes each year and the young ones saying "twick-or-tweet" but I have wondered where this holiday came from and why we started buying costumes and asking for candy.
Where Did Halloween Originate?
Historians have dated Halloween back about 2,000+ years ago to the Celtic times, more specifically, the Celtic Festival of Samhain.
Now, their definition is much different than ours is today. At that time, their New Year began on November 1st and it symbolized death because of the wintery darkness and the crops died.
Oct. 31st was believed to be a day where the dead could pass among the living and they thought the dead were responsible for the death of their crops and the havoc that was caused.
They would dress in animal-themed costumes and throw precious items into a bonfire to summon protection of deities.
Back in the 8th century, Pope Gregory III made Nov 1st a holiday. This was a day to remember all the saints and martyrs. They called it "All Saints Day" and they included some Samhain customs.
Oct 31st was called "All Hallows Eve" and there were many celebrations on that eve.
Why Do We Celebrate Halloween?
So, why do we here in American celebrate Halloween when most customs listed above are so outdated and didn't originate here?
Since these beliefs originated in parts of Northern Europe, immigrants from Scotland and Ireland brought the tradition with them to America.
During the 1900's, American began commercializing Halloween. It began with die-cut paper decorations and postcards.
Why Do We Dress Up For Halloween?
Following the 1900's release of postcards and die-cut decorations, Halloween costumes started to appear.
The Halloween costumes made their debut so to speak in about 1930. Again, this was something that originated in Ireland, therefore, the Irish brought this tradition to America.
As we're beginning to notice during the read of this article, there were many traditions throughout that made their way to America, dressing up is definitely one of them.
One more reason dressing up in Halloween costumes became so popular in America is because of the ability to commercialize it amongst the stores.
They brought big profit to store owners, and still do to this day.
Why Do We Go Trick-or-Treating?
When it comes to trick-or-treating, there are a couple of different thoughts on this as well.
Some historians believe that this dates back to the Middle Ages in the British Isles. On All Souls Day, Oct. 31st, the poor would go to the homes of locals and collect food or money in return for prayers said for the dead.
Another version dates back to the 19th century in Scotland. While people still went door to door, it was for a very different reason.
They would earn food treats or money by offering to do a performance such as singing, telling jokes etc.
In 1927, the first tales of trick-or-treating were told in Alberta. When WWII forced many to ration out the sugar they had, the sugary fun was forced to be placed on halt.
However, it gained popularity again in the 1950's and has been popular ever since. In fact, Halloween candy sales are over $2.35 Billion....yes BILLION each year! Wow!
5 Cool Things You Didn't Know About Halloween
Now that's some pretty cool information about a holiday we enjoy each year wouldn't you say?
Here are the 5 cool things we believe most people don't know:
- Halloween dates back over 2000 years
- The Celtics were the first known to begin the tradition
- Halloween was brought to America by the Irish and Scotsmen
- Postcards and die-cuts were the first Halloween items in America
- Trick-or-treating was first reported in Alberta in North America
So, how many did you know already? Drop a comment below and let us know what you learned new today! 👻