Weird Things About Halloween

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Now we all know that Halloween or All Hallows Eve originated from the Celtic festival Samhain. People believed that the barrier between the living and the dead was at its thinnest during this time, so to keep spirits from destroying crops, they dressed in animal skins and skulls and danced around bonfires. Soon November 1st became Saints Day, so the night before people would dress up as a way of keeping the Samhain tradition alive. Over the years we’ve changed some of the ways that we did Halloween, so here are some weird things that we used to do on the night of All Hallows Eve.

First off, let’s just start with the trick or treating. Experts have traced it back to the England version called “mumming.” Costume dressing people would go from door to door to sing or dance in exchange for treats. Nowadays all we have to do is say, “Trick or Treat” and we’ll get the candy in the end. 

We’re all very used to the old tradition of carving pumpkins, but if you’re really into the Halloween season then carve a beet, turnips, or potatoes. Now you seriously think I’m crazy, but I’m serious. The Jack O Lantern comes from an old Irish folk tale about “Stingy Jack.” So people would carve scary faces into the turnips, beets, or/and potatoes to keep stingy Jack away. 

Are you having trouble falling in love? Maybe you’re doing it wrong! Why try to find love in the spring when you could meet your scaremate during Halloween! In some parts of Ireland they celebrated All Hallows Eve by playing romantic fortune-telling games. Allegedly they would predict who and when you’d marry. 

Alright, this is the last unusual fact okay I promise! Now the potato famine in Ireland is what we have to thank for having Halloween. Crazy I know, thanking a disease for a holiday. We wouldn’t have had immigrants unless the potato famine happened and those Irish immigrants spilled the candy about Halloween! I will say that in the 19th century we had a mild case of Halloween but it wasn’t as special or big as it is known! 

Okay, one more little thing to add I swear this time. Did you know we spend 8.8 billion on Halloween!! That makes it the second-largest holiday behind Christmas! Can you believe it Halloween is right behind Christmas! This calls for some “Nightmare Before Christmas.” 

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