- Halloween began in Ireland’s Celtic culture. November 1, was New Year according to the Druid’s religious calendar. The celebration actually began the night before on October 31st. On this night all the spirits who had died in the prior year, would roam the earth on this night. The Celtic people began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
- This was considered an evil night when spirits roamed the streets and villages. Lord Samhain, the lord of Darkness, would arrive in search of the spirits to take them to the underworld.
- Today, Halloween is more festive for a lot of people. It is celebrated with costumes, decorations, trick-or-treating, and parties.
- Halloween was commonly referred to as “All Hollows” Eve. It originated from the pagan holiday honoring the dead. The Roman Catholic Church created All Saints Day (also called Hallomas) on November 1st to honor Saints and All Souls Day on November 2nd to honor and pray for the souls of the dead. These holidays were created by the church, in part to downplay the pagan holiday of Halloween.
- Orange and black are the main Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
- Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the holiday.
- Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
- Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States. Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1.
- Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
- Black cats were once believed to be witch’s familiars who protected their powers.
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