Things You Didn’t Know About Halloween

  1. Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.
  2. Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and, along with brown and gold, stands for the harvest and autumn. Black is typically a symbol of death and darkness and acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death.
  3. Scottish girls believed they could see images of their future husband if they hung wet sheets in front of the fire on Halloween. Other girls believed they would see their boyfriend’s faces if they looked into mirrors while walking downstairs at midnight on Halloween.
  4. Teng Chieh or the Lantern Festival is one Halloween festival in China. Lanterns shaped like dragons and other animals are hung around houses and streets to help guide the spirits back to their earthly homes. To honor their deceased loved ones, family members leave food and water by the portraits of their ancestors.
  5. Halloween celebrations in Hong Kong are known as Yue Lan or the “Festival of the Hungry Ghosts” during which fires are lit and food and gifts are offered to placate potentially angry ghosts who might be looking for revenge.
  6. Most experts trace trick-or-treating to the European practice of “mumming,” or “guysing,” in which costume-wearing participants would go door-to-door performing choreographed dances, songs and plays in exchange for treats. According to Elizabeth Pleck’s “Celebrating The Family,” the tradition cropped up in America, where it would often take place on Thanksgiving. In some early versions of trick-or-treating, men paraded door-to-door, and boys often followed, begging for coins. Most of these early trick-or-treaters were poor and actually needed the money, but wealthy children also joined in the fun. Door-to-door “begging” was mostly stopped in the 1930s, but re-emerged later in the century to distract kids from pulling Halloween pranks. So it short Halloween begun by dancing for a treat nowadays we call that stripping.
  7. Jack-o’-lanterns were once made out of turnips, beets and potatoes — not pumpkins.
  8. Some animal shelters won’t allow the adoption of black cats around Halloween for fear they’ll be sacrificed.
  9. They celebrate Halloween in Germany, but as a time to honour and respect the dead. One tradition is to hide all the knives in the house, for fear that returning spirits might injure themselves on any knives that are left out.
  10. Punkie Night is a disturbed song sung by the children of Hinton St George and Lopen in Somerset have their very own twist on Halloween. Historically, the tradition involved children marching around with jack o’lanterns – or ‘punkies’ – begging for candles and money, and threatening those who wouldn’t oblige. Well, what makes it extra sinister, is the fact that this band of marauding youngsters is generally led by a Punkie King and Punkie Queen – and they sang the song I linked in the beginning of this paragraph. No thanks.
  11. The Word ‘Halloween’ Comes From Catholicism
  12. Although Halloween celebrations stem from Celtic traditions, the word “Halloween” has roots in Catholicism. It comes from Hallowmas, a three-day Catholic holiday during which saints are honored and people pray for the recently deceased. At the start of the 11th century, the pope decided it would land on October 31 until November 2, since that’s when Samhain was celebrated and the Catholic church was trying to convert pagans. October 31 at the time was called “All Hallow’s Eve,” and then eventually evolved into “All Hallow’s Even.” In the 18th century, it became known as “Hallowe’en.”
  13. Oh? Fun fact! If you see a spider on Halloween try not to be super freaked out.According to legend, seeing a spider on Halloween means that the spirit of a loved one is watching over you.
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