5 Things you didn’t know about Halloween
- Halloween originates from a Celtic Tradition called Samhain which is a festival that marked the end of the Celtic Calendar year in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. The people used to believe that this was the time of year that spirits or fairies could visit earth. To prevent this from happening Celts put out treats and food to keep them happy. Samhain is actually still around – Wiccans celebrate it as their New Year celebration. If you’ve ever seen the movie The Craft, they talk about this.
- Forms of Trick-or-Treating have been around since medieval times. It used to be called “Souling” or “guising” and it was when children and poor adults went around in costumes on Halloween begging for food and money in exchange for songs and prayers. It was brought to the USA by the Irish in the early 20th century, but became less popular during WWII when sugar was rationed. It became popular again in 1952.
- There’s A Reason Orange and Black Are Halloween Colours. We all associate orange and black with Halloween – it’s impossible to see that combination and NOT think of spooky things. Wondering why? Orange is associated with the fall harvest, and black is associated with darkness and death. Put them together, and you’ve got Halloween!
- Seeing a spider on Halloween means something. Don’t be scared if you see a spider on Halloween. According to legend, seeing a spider on Halloween means that the spirit of a loved one is watching over you. Okay, maybe that is a bit creepy! But it is also sweet.
- Samhainophobia Is A Fear Of Halloween. Halloween IS a pretty terrifying holiday when you really think about it, so it makes sense that there is a legitimate phobia for it. It’s called Samhainophobia, and thousands of people suffer from this irrational fear of Halloween.
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