Many different cultures have influenced the development of the holiday. Today, it includes activities like carving faces into pumpkins, going door to door asking for candy, and dressing up in costumes. Exactly how old this holiday is remains unknown, but many in the United States celebrate the holiday. Some have their own family traditions.
1. Before pumpkins, there were turnips.
In the British Isles, hundreds of years ago, turnips were the choice for carving faces. After the creation of a face, they became a lantern. Next, people would hang them outside to ward off wondering spirits. Only after the holiday arrived in North America did people start to use pumpkins. Now, pumpkins dominate front entryways of people’s homes celebrating the holiday.
2. People spend billions on Halloween.
You read that correctly, that is billion with a ‘b’. It may not be the number one moneymaker for businesses, but Halloween is definitely a contender. The three most common holiday purchases are candy, costumes, and decorations.
3. Traditional colors: Where autumn and winter meet.
Why orange and black are the traditional colors of Halloween? Many feel that orange symbolizes the autumn season. The color black symbolizes death and the darkness that winter brings. Both are colors have been used for hundreds and maybe thousands of years during the Halloween season. There is evidence orange and black have roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain, which has traditions dating back over two thousand years.
4. What is the most popular Halloween costume of all time?
For generations the witch has been the most commonly chosen costume. Both kids and adults enjoy wearing witches costumes. It also can be as simple or as complicated as the wearer it wants it to be, making it easy for nearly everyone to throw together a witch outfit for the holiday.
5. Why wear a costume?
Depending on the source, the exact reason for wearing a costume on Halloween varies. However, most agree that on some level that wearing a costume could confuse wondering spirits of the dead. In the early to mid-twentieth century in the United States, companies began to make and market costumes. In time, they began to expand from witches, skeletons, ghosts, and ghouls to more colorful and friendlier costumes for children. In a short time, children began to wear costumes when they would go trick-or-treating in their neighborhood, going door-to-door asking for candy.