Gather ’round, my fellow spooky enthusiasts! Halloween is like the cooler, upgraded version of ‘All Hallows’ Evening’ or ‘All Saints’ Eve.’ Imagine this: it’s the pre-game to All Hallows’ Day on 31 October and it’s a global party. What makes it even cooler is that it marks the beginning of Allhallowtide, a three-day Christian celebration honoring the departed, including saints, martyrs and our dearly departed friends.
But here’s where the real excitement kicks in! All Hallows’ Eve is all about turning the tables on death with laughter and playful pranks. We’re talking about trick-or-treating (or ‘guising’ for the fancier folks), epic costume parties, turning pumpkins into spooky jack-o’-lanterns, lighting up the night with bonfires, bobbing for apples, haunted house tours, mischievous tricks, spine-tingling stories, and horror movie marathons that’ll keep you wide awake. Let’s keep the spooky spirit alive, shall we?
Now, let’s delve into some fascinating facts about this hair-raising holiday! 🎃👻
8 SPOOKY FACTS ABOUT THE HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN
(1) Here’s a fun Halloween tidbit for you: back in the day, before pumpkins took the spotlight, people in ancient Celtic cultures actually carved creepy faces into turnips! They’d pop embers inside to keep those pesky evil spirits at bay. Why turnips? Well, Ireland didn’t have pumpkins at the time. So when immigrants brought their carving know-how to the U.S., we swapped out turnips for pumpkins and voilà—jack-o’-lanterns were born!
(2) Move over, Santa! Halloween isn’t just about scares—it’s the second highest grossing commercial holiday, trailing only behind the jolly festivities of Christmas.
(3) Samhainophobia, a playful term, refers to the imagined fear associated with Halloween!
(4) Check out the giant pumpkin! Norm Craven set a record with the biggest pumpkin, weighing a whopping 836 pounds (379kg) back in 1993. Travis Gienger also grow prize-winning pumpkins. Earlier in 2023 he set the record for the world’s largest pumpkin at 2,749 pounds 1246kg.
(5) Have you ever thought about the colors associated with Halloween? Orange represents the power of the harvest, while black is a spooky reminder of Halloween’s beginnings, as a festival that connects the worlds of the living and the dead.
(6) Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was one of the most famous and mysterious magicians who ever lived. Surprisingly, he passed away on Halloween night in 1926 due to appendicitis, which was oddly caused by three powerful blows to his stomach.
(7) The practice of dressing up as ghosts and ghouls can be traced back to Celtic traditions when people would wear spooky costumes to hide from wandering spirits during Samhain.
(8) Get ready for a trip back in time! Halloween, the age-old spooky celebration, made its first appearance around 4000 B.C., which means it’s been enchanting the world for more than 6,000 spooky years.
Get your brooms ready and embark on a trick-or-treat adventure! 🎃👻! Happy trick or treating!