Halloween is a yearly event, celebrated on the 31st of October. The origin of this event goes back to the ancient festival of Samhain. In Samhain’s tradition, people used to do bonfires and wear weird costumes to ward off ghosts. Back in the eighth century, Pope Gregory III declared November the 1st as a day where all saints can be honored and the day is officially called, All Saints’ Day. As the tradition evolved some of the practices of Samhain were also incorporated and the evening before the November 1st and got famous by the name, All Hallows Eve, which later evolved into Halloween. More cultural traditions and activities like trick or treat, carving jack o lanterns, costumes, dinners, etc. were also incorporated.
By the way, Trick of Treat tradition was likely evolved from a custom of ‘Souling’ in England. On All Souls’ Day celebrations, poor people would knock on doors asking for food in exchange for saying prayers for the home’s dead relatives.
Quick Fun Facts About Halloween
- In the U.S, one fourth of all the candy sold annually is purchased for Halloween.
- More people, especially millennials, are buying costumes for their pets. Twenty percent did so in 2018, up from 16 percent in 2017.
- Halloween originated from an ancient Celtic festival.
- Dressing up in costumes was once a way to hide from ghosts.
- Trick-or-treating likely evolved from the medieval custom of “souling” in England.
- Cats have been part of the history of Halloween for centuries.
- The “bon” in bonfire is a reference to bones.
- The holiday of Halloween goes back more than 2,000 years.
- Some Halloween rituals used to involve finding a husband.
- Sugar rationing during World War II halted trick-or-treating.
- New York City throws the biggest Halloween parade in the U.S.
- A city in Canada, Bathurst, banned teens over 16 from trick-or-treating.
- The night before the 31 of October is called Mischief Night or Goosey Night in some places on East Coast and Midwest.
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