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Halloween History and Facts


Halloween means “hallowed evening” or “holly evening”. It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve the word “eve” is even and is contradicted to een which later evolved into “Halloween”. The word Halloween comes from about 1745 and is of Christian origin. It is originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain for “summer’s end”. On this day people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. Halloween is the evening before the Christian holy days of All Hallow’s Day on 1 November and All Souls’ Day on 2 November. It was held on or about 31 October – 1 November.

Halloween History and Facts

Halloween Symbols

Jack O’ Lanterns are traditionally Halloween symbols carried on All Hallows’ Eve in order to frighten spirit of evil. A popular Christian folktale associated with the jack-o’-lantern, is said to represent a “soul who has been denied entry into both heaven and hell”. In Ireland and Scotland, the turnip has traditionally been carved, but immigrants to North America used the native pumpkin, which is both much softer and much larger – making it easier to carve than a turnip.

Halloween in America

North American almanacs of the late 18th and early 19th century give no indication that Halloween was widely celebrated there. It was because of Irish and Scottish immigration in the 19th century that Halloweens became a major holiday in America. By the first decade of the 20th century it was being celebrated coast to coast by people of all social, racial and religious backgrounds. Candles that had been blessed were placed on graves, and families sometimes spent the entire night at the graveside”. At presents Halloweens Celebrations included “play parties,” public events held to celebrate the harvest, where neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other’s fortunes, dance and singing, narrating stories of ghosts whole night.

Halloween Trick or Treating

Trick or treating is a commonly celebration for children on Halloweens. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, “Trick or treat?” The word “trick” refers to “threat” to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property or parked vehicle if no treat is given.

Halloween Costumes Ideas

Dressing up in costumes and going out was prevalent in Ireland and Scotland at Halloween by the late 19th century. Costuming became popular for Halloween parties in the US in the early 20th century, as often for adults as for children. The first mass-produced Halloween costumes appeared in stores in the 1930s when Trick or treating was becoming popular in the United States.

Famous costumes which were commonly practiced are vampires, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. Later in the United States the costume selection extended to include popular characters from fiction, celebrities, ninjas and princesses.

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Halloween Games and Activities

Although there were many games practiced so far but most common games is dunking or apple bobbing, which may be called “dooking” in Scotland in which apples float in a tub or a large basin of water and the participants must use their teeth to remove an apple from the basin.

Some other common game involves hanging up treacle or syrup-coated scones by strings, walnut shells, forms of divination etc. The telling of ghosts story and viewing of horror films are common practice of Halloweens parties.

Halloween Food

As far as Food is concerned Western Christianity mostly eat meat, but also giving rise to variety of Vegetarian foods. Candy apples, caramel or taffy apple are common Halloweens treats made by rolling whole apples in a sticky sugar syrup.

List associated with Food

  • Barm brack (Ireland)
  • Bonfire toffee (Great Britain)
  • Candy apples/Toffee apples (Great Britain and Ireland)
  • Candy corn, Caramel corn, Candy pumpkins (North America)
  • Roasted pumpkins seeds
  • Soul cakes

Question Asked

What time does Halloweens start?

It starts on some places at 7 p.m with some towns extending them an hour or so later and start on Friday afternoon by 5 p.m

When is trick or treat?

“Trick or treat” will be celebrate on October 31

When is the Halloweens day?

Halloween Day is on October 31

Who came up with Halloweens?

Halloween is originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain for “summer’s end”, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.

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