Halloween is one of those unofficial holidays that many people all over county have embraced for years. We get dressed up in costumes and go door to door asking for candy. Any other day of the year and this practice would be frowned upon, but luckily we can get free candy and go to costume-themed parties and enjoy ourselves without being called crazy people. Some love to don scary or spooky costumes, but much like everything else we do now, that was not always the case. So, with that being said, here are five freaky things you probably didn’t know about the history Halloween.
Number Five: Halloween is a Contraction of “All Hallows Evening.”
It’s also also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve. It’s celebrated in several countries, on October 31, which is the day before All Hallows’ Day. All Hallows’ Day is November 1st. This day marks the end of the Fall Harvest.
Number Four: Halloween Originated as a Christian Celebration.
What we know as the modern day Halloween is a descendant of “All Hallowtide”. It begins a three day-long observance, which is a time of the year set aside to remember the dead and to celebrate the saints. Halloween is the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. So apparently, Halloween was once just a party the night before the big Christian feast.
Number Three: Trick or Treating Was Once Called “Souling.”
Up until the 1930s, people practiced what was called “souling” on Halloween or “All Hallows Eve” as it was called back then. This consisted of going from village to village begging for money and “soul cakes” in exchange for prayers for the givers and their families. Soul cakes are small round cakes which were given to “soulers”(children and the poor).
Number Two: Jack-o’-lanterns Used to Be Made From Turnips.
Before pumpkins were discovered, people carved faces in turnips or potatoes and used them as a way of protecting their homes against the undead.
Number One: Halloween Is the Second Most Profitable Holiday.
Even though Halloween is considered the fourth most popular holiday behind Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter it’s certainly one of the most exciting times of the year, especially for candy and costume retailers. Over $330 million will be spent on costumes for pets, $360 million will be spent on greeting cards, $2.08 billion will be spent on candy, and $2.6 billion will be spent on costumes for adults and children! Now if that’s not a profit, I don’t know what is. Happy Halloween!