Halloween and its History


Some Interesting Facts About Halloween

BOO!  Halloween, also known as “all hallows eve” is just around the corner.

Did you know that Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”).  The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter.

The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops (Halloween History).  This festival would frequently involve bonfires.  It is also believed that the fires attracted insects to the area which then attracted the bats.      Masks and costumes were also worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or appease them.  So, you can probably envision how this is all came together.

Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century.  It wasn’t until 1947, after the war had ended, that things really took off, especially in the 70s, 80s and 90s.  In the new millennium, marketing for Halloween is only second behind Christmas, with Halloween shops popping up, as fast as the July 4th holiday is over.

Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses” and carving pumpkins.

Over the years we’ve gained some knowledge that I would like to share with you when it comes to trick or treating:

  • Young children should always go trick-or-treating with an adult.
  • Never have your children trick-or-treat alone. Have at least 2 buddies go with them.
  • Be very cautious of strangers.
  • Accept treats only in the doorway. Never go inside a house.
  • Be sure and say thank you for your treats.
  • Visit only houses where the lights are on.
  • Cross the street at the corner or in a cross walk.
  • Take a cellular phone with you if possible.
  • Carry a flashlight.

So, on behalf of all the employees at Sharn Enterprises, we would like to wish you a safe, fun, and Happy Halloween

The Monster Mash-Enjoy!