Halloween Facts: Some May Surprise You
Halloween is a weird little holiday to me. I remember it as a child, mom didn't have a lot of money so my costumes were typically homemade and we didn't have much of an imagination and 'props' were limited; I was frequently a hobo (back in my day hobo was an acceptable term) or a witch.
- The word itself is an abbreviation or a smashing together of a group of words, It is "All Hallows Eve" or Evening
- Celtic people were the first to celebrate Halloween with a festival over 2000 years ago
- Initially the festival only included the UK, Ireland and France
- It was believed by the people of the day that the dead could walk the earth on Halloween
- Trick-or-Treating was a soulful journey, it started in the UK and Ireland where people would go door to door asking for small cakes in exchange for prayer
- The Irish and the Scots originally beets and turnips and used them as lanterns on Halloween night
- There are a couple of different idea's of where Jack in Jack-o-Lantern came from, but my favorite is that a man named Jack wasn't allowed into Heaven or Hell and was forced to walk the earth with only coal from Hell to light his lantern
- Here's a fun one, the Scottish and Irish brought Halloween to the States in the 1800's, but the Haitians and African immigrants brought voodoo beliefs, black cats, fire and witchcraft
No matter what you believe Halloween has been going strong since before the beginning of time... LOL When I was a child I went trick-or-treating, as a young adult I didn't believe in Halloween anymore and didn't participate in any Halloween activities nor did I allow my children to participate, not in trick-or-treating and not in classroom parties (yes, I was that mom that wrote a note to the teacher and said they weren't allowed to participate) and when Ashley and Colton were about 6/7 I changed my thoughts and ideals and let them participate in everything, Zachariah and Natasha were 12/13 and a bit upset with me as they missed so many candy begging years-ha ha ha ha ha I do believe they made up for that though their first year out. Today, I see it as another day, but one that my Colton really enjoyed. He decorated the house and acted as a statue on the porch before going out Trick-or-Treating himself, I miss those days, but I can still remember them like they were yesterday and that puts a smile on my face.
Happy Halloween, be safe and remember, I get all of the 100,000 bars! :) (it's the rule)