Halloween has snuck upon us once again. In my case, I have wonderful ideas in February about “what I want to be” but once it hits mid-October, I have no costume in place. I end up going to a Halloween party dressed in a football jersey and going as a “football player.” How original, am I right?
Dressing up for Halloween and participating in fun fall activities had me thinking. Why do we dress up as someone (or something) else, go to haunted houses to be scared on purpose, and ask our neighbors for candy?
Well, the answers can be found right here, along with some other interesting facts on the second largest commercial holiday after Christmas.
Here are a few facts about one of the best holidays, Halloween!
1. Its origins stem 2,000 years ago from the ancient Celtic festival called Samhain which was the celebration of the end of harvest season in Gaelic culture. It was the time used by the ancient Pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. #WinterIsComing
2. The Gaelics believed that on October 31st, the boundaries between the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life. This would cause mayhem such as sickness and damaged crops.
3. To ward off the evil spirits, they decided to dress up in animal heads, skins, costumes, and masks.
4. Fast forward to 609 A.D. when Pope Boniface created All Martyrs Day which evolved into All Saints’ Day, which is celebrated on Nov. 1. Catholics fused elements of Samhain, which lead to All-Hallows Eve, then to what we know it as today, Halloween.
5. Bobbing for apples originated with the Romans around 43 A.D.
6. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the traditional holiday in the 1800s to America, but it wasn’t until after 1947, did the holiday really take off.
7. Americans spend $6 billion each year on Halloween.
8. Combined, $4 billion is spent on costumes, decorations and parties. The other $2 billion is on candy.
9. The original jack-o-lanterns were made from turnips, beets, and potatoes.
10. A Halloween full moon is rarer than a white Christmas (We will have to wait until 2020 for the next one.)
11. Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
12. In 2010, 72.2% of those surveyed by the National Retail Federation will hand out candy, 46.3% will carve a pumpkin, 20.8% will visit a haunted house, and 11.5% will dress up their pets.
13. There’s a $1,000 fine for using or selling Silly String in Hollywood on Halloween.
14. The most popular Halloween costumes of all time are a witch, a vampire, a ghost, Frankenstein’s monster, and a cat!
From everyone here at Sharn Enterprises, Inc, we hope every has a safe and spook-tacular Halloween!
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