Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I mean who doesn’t love dressing up in a costume and having one night where it is completely acceptable to eat as many treats and candies as one would like?! There is always so much excitement that leads up to the night of trick or treating with so many options as to what to dress up as and which neighborhood to go to in order to score the most candy. But do you know how this holiday originated and why it has become so popular throughout the years?? Well here are some fun facts that you may or may not know about Halloween.

History of Halloween

  • Experts believe that the tradition of wearing a costume on Halloween started in ancient days with the Celtic Festival of Samhain where people lit fires and wore costumes to scare ghosts away
  • The first Jack O ’Lanterns were made from turnips
  • Halloween is the second highest-grossing commercial holiday after Christmas, of course
  • Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween
  • Trick or Treating came from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out food and treats to placate spirits who roamed the streets of Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year
  • Halloween is short for “Hallows Eve” or “Hallows Evening”
  • Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween because orange is a symbol of strength and endurance, and black is the symbol of death and darkness which acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the divider between life and death
  • Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween

2018 Halloween Costumes of Choice

  • It is predicted that these themed costumes will be the most popular for 2018
    • Black Panther
    • Tonya Harding
    • Edna Mode ( The Incredibles)
    • Riverdale
    • Mamma Mia
    • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
    • Cosmic Fairy
    • Cow

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