Tis the season for… Halloween! Our team loves this spooky holiday; it makes our “bare bones” shiver. Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, is celebrated in various countries to honor the dead and participate in activities like trick-or-treating, dressing in costumes and visiting memorials. To celebrate this year, we have some unBOOlievable facts for you that you can share during your halloween party
1. While the holiday is now popularly celebrated by bonding with friends and families over scary movies and haunted houses, its origins are rooted in ancient Celtic traditions. It coincided with the festival of Samhain, when people would celebrate the harvest and ward away bad luck/spirits by lighting bonfires.
2. In Mexico and in certain parts of Latin America, people celebrate Dia de los Muertos; “Day of the Dead,” It covers a span of three days, and begins on the night of October 31st. During this time, it is believed that the souls of the dead return to Earth to be reunited with their families. People honor these souls by decorating their homes with altars and offering them food, goodies, flowers and candles.
3. The first Jack-O-Lanterns weren’t made of pumpkins; they were made of turnips! In Ireland and in parts of Scotland, people would carve scary, grotesque features into potatoes and turnips to scare away evil spirits who wandered into the living realm during Halloween time. The origin of the jack-o-lantern can also be traced back to a famous folktale about a drunkard named “Stingy Jack.” Stingy Jack played tricks on the devil, so when he died, he was forced to roam the Earth forever, using only a hollowed turnip to guide his way.
4. In the 1800’s, Irish and Scottish immigrants brought the tradition of Halloween to America. The Halloween we know today can be attributed to the combination of these Gaelic beliefs, African voodoo practices, and modern touches (like Halloween parties, games and costumes) over a course of a few hundred years.