It’s that time of the year again it’s Halloween! Pumpkins and candy, tricks or treats, Halloween is one of the most exciting and creative holidays of the year with entertainment and excitement for everyone inclusive of your neighbourhood dentist. While we all can’t wait to get into our costumes and head out to party or trick or treating with the other ghouls, vampires and cats i go to thinking there is a lot more to Halloween than all traditions you know and love. So in keeping with the tradition of Halloween here are 6 fun facts to shock and surprise about our sweet and spooky holiday!
1. The Origin of Halloween
Halloween is a lot older than you might think! Our modern Halloween celebrations find it’s origins in time of the Celtic people over 2000 years ago. The holiday in which Halloween finds its birth is called Samhain. A holiday that the Celtic people used to celebrate the end of the warmth and sun filled months of summer and indicate the start of the colder darker months of winter. The Celtics also believe that during the celebration of Samhain, the veil between the world of the living and the dead was at it weakest and bonfires were lit as a way to ward off any ghosts that entered the world of the living.
The buzz around what costume you’ll wear for Halloween is intense! However, while we now wear costumes for fun and entertainment the original use of costumes during Halloween held much more significance. The Celts believed that during Samhain the festival that inspired Halloween, the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead was at its weakest. The celts believed that ghosts would return to the earth and so they would dress in masks and costumes so as to protect themselves from being recognised by these spirits.
3. Trick or Treat
Trick or treating is nothing new! This fun and candy filled activity has been around for centuries. However, while chocolate bars and lollipops are the current Halloween currency. Originally people would dress in costumes and perform poems and other forms of entertainment for food and or money. Trick or treating also went by another name and was known as guising in Scotland and Ireland.
4. Halloween Makes Money
Halloween holds the #2 spot as far as commercial holidays go coming in behind Christmas. Between decorations, costumes and candy ,it’s been estimated that a whopping $8.8 billion dollars will be spent on Halloween in 2019.
5. Jack – O – Lanterns
No Halloween celebration would be complete without the jack- o-lantern. However, the jack-o-lantern actually has a few varying origin stories. One version states that the celts used hollowed out turnips not pumpkins, as a way to ward off unwanted spirits. Another version highlights a man referred to as “Stingy Jack” who apparently tricked the devil and was forced to roam the earth and he carried a lantern to light his way.
Halloween is a date on the calendar that cannot be forgotten or missed and no matter how you celebrate your Halloween this year. You definitely will be able to drop some new and fun facts wherever you go!