The History of Halloween
Halloween is the evening before the Christian holy days on 1st and 2nd November, known as All Hallows' Day and All Souls' Day. The 31st October was named All Hallows' Eve (the evening before All Hallows' Day) but later became more commonly known as Halloween. It is the time for celebration and superstition where there is a line between Autumn/Winter and Life/Death. It originated from an ancient Celtic end-of-summer festival (Samhain) where people felt especially close to dead relatives and friends.
There are two theories relating to the ghosts and spirits of Halloween.
- Hundreds of years ago, winter was a frightening time for people with short winter days, supplies running low and being afraid of the dark. It was believed on Halloween that ghosts would return to our reality to haunt the general populous, especially if they left their homes, so to combat this they wore masks when out and about after dark to deter the ghouls & ghosts. Additionally, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to satisfy the ghosts and prevent them from entering, this is most likely where the tradition of "Trick or Treating" originated from.
- Another theory is about ghosts being friendly spirits of deceased family and friends, where people would set places at the dinner table, leave treats on the doorstep and light candles to help their loved ones find their way back to the spirit world.
The tradition for Trick or Treating began in the Middle-Ages during Hallow-mas where children and occasionally poor adults would dress up in costumes and go from door to door begging for money or food in exchange for songs and prayers. This was called "souling".
Witches - The stereotypical image of a witch stems back to the pagan goddess known as 'The Crone' who was worshipped during Samhain. Other names included 'The Old One' and the 'Earth Mother' and she symbolised change, wisdom and the turning of the seasons.
Black Cats - Are said to be a symbol for bad luck and are used throughout Halloween decorations. Their reputation dates back to the Dark Ages when elderly, solitary women were accused of witchcraft and their pet cats were said to be their 'familiars' or 'demons' given to their owners by the devil. Some people believed witches would avoid detection by turning themselves into a black cat.
Jack O'Lanterns - A celtic folklore tells the story of a drunken farmer called Jack who tricked the devil, resulting in him being turned away from the gates of heaven and hell after he died. His choice was to wander around in the darkness of purgatory having made a lantern from a turnip and a burning lump of coal.
Bats - Medieval folklore says bats were considered an ominous sign and also described as witches 'familiars'. Myths suggest if a bat was spotted flying around your house three times, someone in the household would soon die. Another myth suggests if a bat flew in your house on Halloween, it was a sign that your house was haunted.
Spiders - Spiders are a common source of fear for many people. They are also seen as witches companions along with the bat and black cat. Superstitions include if a spider fell into a candle-lit lamp and was consumed by the flames, then witches were close by. Another being, if you spotted a spider on Halloween it means the spirit of a deceased loved one is watching over you.
Fun Facts about Halloween
- Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
- The first Jack O'Laterns were made from turnips!
- The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 836lb and was grown by Norm Craven in 1993.
- Halloween is said to have originated around 4000 B.C. therefore it has been around for over 6000 years!
- Harry Houdini was renowned for being one of the most famous and mysterious magicians that ever lived. It is said he died in 1926 on Halloween Night as a result of appendicitis by three punches to the stomach.
- Orange and Black are seen as the customary colours for Halloween. Orange represents the Autumn harvest season and black represents death and darkness.
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It's a tradition on Halloween, especially if you are throwing a party, to have monstrous themed food and drinks! So we couldn't leave here without giving you guys our two favourite Halloween recipes of the year.
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We hope you have a FRIGHTFULLY great night filled with Halloween costumes and fun trick or treats! If you are not one for going out on Halloween...curl up on the couch and pick out your favourite lingerie set to celebrate the occasion instead! We insist!
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