- Jack-o-lanterns were originally made to ward off evil spirits.
- Halloween is the second most commercially profitable holiday. Can you guess what’s first??
- Salem, Massachusetts claims to be the Halloween capital of the world. Mainly due to it being the location of the 1962 Salem Witch trials.
- It is a believed superstition that seeing a black widow on Halloween means the spirit of a loved one is watching you (kinda creepy?)
- Impersonating souls of the dead, by dressing up in costume was believed to protect yourself from those very souls.
- Halloween is also called All Hallow’s Eve. And hallow is a synonym for the word saint.
- Tootsie Roll was the first wrapped candy in the United States (1907)!
- Before pumpkins became the more popular way to carve a jack-o-lantern, potatoes, turnips, and beets were also used.
- The word witch comes from the old English word: “wicce” which meant wise woman. In the beginning, witches were seen as well versed in natural remedies and people who worshipped nature. It was Christians who started the belief that witches were cursed people who cast spells.
- In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches and hearing an owls call on Halloween meant that someone was about to die.
- Having a fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia.
- Halloween is one of the oldest celebrations in the world, going back about 6,000 years ago.
- The boundary between our “world” and the spirit world is thought to be the thinnest on Halloween.
- Orange and black are classic Halloween colors because orange is associated with fall and with harvest while black is associated with darkness and death.
Did you know all of them? Which is the creepiest? I absolutely love learning the history of Halloween and have been reading where all these superstitions and beliefs originated from. It’s all so interesting!