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Fun Facts About Halloween History

There are many fun facts concerning Halloween, a holiday steeped in rich tradition throughout the world. Halloween used to be a night where people were terrified for their souls being snatched by evil beings who could come through the thin veil between the world of the living and the dead! A holiday that is fun and enjoyable in this day and age was terrifying and ominous in ancient times. Many of our traditions we enjoy come from fear and trying to disguise oneself against the dark forces of the night!

There are many fun facts concerning Halloween, a holiday steeped in rich tradition throughout the world.  Halloween was originally a night where Ancient Celtic Druids in Ireland were terrified for their souls being snatched by evil beings who could come through the thin veil between the world of the living and the dead!  Halloween (Samhain) was said to be the day where with the dying of the light (summer's end), the spirits were permitted by The Lord of The Dark, Samhain to wander the Earth and to intermingle with the living.  This was fine and dandy if you were a good spirit, but what if you wanted to cause harm or avenge your death?  The living would be in a bind them, wouldn't they?  A holiday that is fun and enjoyable in this day and age was terrifying and ominous in ancient times.  Many of our traditions we enjoy come from fear and trying to disguise oneself against the dark forces of the night!

  • Jack-o-Lanterns were originally made out of turnips. 
    • Large Potatoes and rutabagas were also utilized in Europe.
  • Pumpkins are native to North America, not Europe.
    • Seeds were brought back to Europe from America and Europe was introduced to the pumpkin!
  • Masks were worn at Halloween to conceal one's identity and confuse and ward off evil spirits on All Hallow's Eve.
    • The Cutty Black Sow is a demon in Welsh folklore believed to steal the souls of human victims on Halloween.
    • Masks were also worn to honor ancestors who passed away.
  • The word Halloween comes from an Old English form of All Hallow's Eve, known as All Hallow's Ev'en. 
  • Ancient Celts in Europe blaced bonfires at Halloween to ward off evil spirits, because they were thought to come out at night.
  • Halloween was originally The Festival of Samhain, an ancient Wiccan celebration that kicked off the beginning of fall.
    • Samhain was the lord of darkness similar to his Greek Counterpart, Hades.   
    • The Celtic Druid's New Year was on November 1, which later became All Soul's Day.
  • Bobbing for apples was a originally form of divining that determined which type of man a woman would marry.
  • Children used to go door to door and offer prayers for the departed and the sick in exchange for soul cakes on Halloween.
  • Halloween is the night before The Roman Catholic Holiday, All Soul's Day, a day to honor canonized saints.
    • All Soul's Day is thought to be created to cohesively integrate Celtic Druids into Christian traditions as converts.
  • Most people who receive "poisoned candy" receive this candy by family members and people they know, not strangers.
    • There have not been many and poisoned candy and the razor in the apple tend to be urban legends at best.

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Very interesting article.

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