October is filled with eventful festivities like haunted houses, corn mazes, carving pumpkins, watching scary movies or hosting a costume party. A few need to know facts about the holiday you celebrate!
1. Where Does Halloween Come From?
Originating from the Middle Ages and the rituals of the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. October 31, marked the end of the harvest and the beginning of a cold and dark winter. It was the time where the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. They believed ghosts and spirits were walking the Earth, so they would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off evil spirits.
For more than 2,000 years, Halloween has been celebrated and is currently celebrated as a holiday with family and friends.
It is kind of odd to dress up and go door to door begging for candy. Trick-or-Treating was deemed from the term “souling” and “guising”. Souling meant going door-to-door saying and singing prayers “for the souls of the givers and their friends” in exchange for a soul cake. In Scotland and Ireland “guising” meant young people wearing costumes and asking for food/money in exchange for songs, poems or tricks. Now called Trick-or-Treating, where kids and adults go door-to-door saying “Trick-or-Treat” usually receiving candy but sometimes a trick!
Decorating Jack-o’-lanterns originated in Ireland where turnips, potatoes and beets were used as a canvas. Famous Halloween tradition popularized in America, by using a fruit native to America, the pumpkin. According to the Irish Folktale, the Jack-o’-lantern is about a man named “Stingy Jack.” Jack tricked “the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell.” Jack was sentenced to wander the Earth with only a burning coal and a carved out turnip. It have became a tradition and popular fall decor, to carve pumpkins and set them out for everyone to see.
4. Halloween Color Scheme
Orange and Black are the colors usually 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.” However, more colors have become more popular and associated with the holiday like, white, green, red and purple.
The fear of Halloween. Halloween is an intentional scary holiday with origins from ghosts and witches. Now celebrated with haunted houses, scary movies and people dressing as scary characters.