spooky facts

Did you know any of these 13 Spooky Facts about Halloween? 

1.  Halloween evolved from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain. The Celts used the day to mark the end of the harvest season and the start of winter. They believed that this transition between the seasons was a bridge to the world of the dead.*

2. The Eve before Samhain the Celts believed the ghost would roam the earth, so they would leave food on their doorsteps and wear masks while outside to be mistaken for other ghosts.*

3. It is thought that the American tradition of Halloween dates back to early All Souls’ Day parades in England. Poor citizens would beg around town for food and townsfolk would give them “soul cakes”.  In return, the beggars would pray for the family’s dead relatives. *

4. A Guising Tradition- Young people would sing, recite poetry or tell jokes and in return, they would receive food, wine, and money.*

5. Decorating Pumpkins, “Jack-o-lanterns”, comes from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack. They would carve turnips and potatoes. While migrating to America they brought their tale and traded turnips and potatoes for pumpkins.*

6. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue- The most famous address in America can also be called the most famous haunted address in America. From Presidents to guests, many have reported hearing unexplained noises, feeling ghostly presence and even seeing an apparition or two.*

7.  Mexico and other Latin Countries celebrate Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead. They honor their deceased loved ones and ancestors.

8.  Witches: Tales of Witches can be found all over the world from African, Asian and Native American societies.

9. In Medieval European,  there were 100,000- 200,000 people arrested on suspicion of witchcraft. It was not just women accused but men and children as well.*

10.  Thousands of people plagued by Samhainophobia which is the irrational fear of Halloween.

11. It is very rare for a Full Moon to occur on Halloween. It is predicted that one should occur on Halloween night of 2020.*

12. Good news if you see a spider on Halloween. According to legend, if you see one on Halloween, it’s actually the spirit of a loved one watching over you.*

13. Halloween is the second largest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.*

* Denotes History.com, Randomhistory.com or Jackolantern.net

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