So it’s October 31st everybody! That awesome day where everyone can dress up and not care who is looking! Where the candy flows like wine and kids are happy and jumping.
Here are 10 fun facts that you may not know about Halloween.
- Halloween is believed to have began over 2000 years ago in Ireland.
- The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl’s call meant someone was about to die.
- Trick-or-treating harks back to the Middle Ages and All Souls’ Day, when poor people in Britain would beg for soul cakes, a sweet-bread treat, and pray for dead relatives in return.
- Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
- Samhain was a festival ofthe ancient Celts, held around November 1 to celebrate the beginning of winter.
- The custom of wearing costumes or masks comes from the Celtic tradition of young men impersonating evil spirits by dressing up in white costumes with masks in attempt to placate these spirits.
- The carved pumpkin with a light inside was supposed to ward off evil spirits. The celts however, not having pumpkins, had to use their smaller, less tasty cousin, the turnip.
- To meet a witch, put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night.
- Black cats were originally believed to protect witches’ powers from negative forces.
- It is thought that the colours orange and black became Halloween colours because orange is associated with harvests (Halloween marks the end of harvest) and black is associated with death.