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5 Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About Halloween

Bobbing for apples, black cats with arched backs, and carved pumpkins are some of the things we commonly associate with Halloween. But some of the things that normally aren’t may surprise you. Get ready to count how many times you think, Really??:

  • Halloween really did have to do with the dead.

It’s not some story that simply got mixed up with the truth. Celtic tradition held that souls returning to this world on New Year’s Eve (October 31st for them) wreaked havoc through mischief and hence brought the harsh winter and difficult farming that jeopardized their well being during the season. Dressing up in costumes and building bonfires intended to ward off spirits and was accompanied by fortune-telling by priests.

  • Halloween vandalism was a HUGE problem from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Yes, the “tricks” in “trick-or-treat” had a literal meaning at one time. When households wouldn’t “treat” children in costumes to candy, they were to pull some prank or “trick”. But many began to take these tricks to more violent levels, such as smashing windows and breaking into houses. In an effort to quell the problem, companies reinvented the holiday as more family-friendly and fun, and the vandalism slowly ceased.

  • The phrase “trick-or-treat” wasn’t really coined until 1934.

In response to the holiday-sparked vandalism, a newspaper in Oregon ran a story with this phrase in the title. Though it had been used here and there previously, the phrase and the holiday really became synonymous after that.

  • Young women used to stare into mirrors on Halloween to try to catch a glimpse of their future husbands.

Superstitions are heavily associated with the holiday, but on Halloween in the mid 19th century, a woman would look into a mirror in the dark and search for the shape of the face of her future mate. But if she saw a skull, it meant she would die before she married. Creepy.

  • Trick-or-treating derived from beggars asking for food.

YES: that annual tradition that involve children dressing in costumes and going door to door for candy derived from transients in the middle ages in Britain. They offered to pray for the family’s deceased relatives in trade for food. At other times, people would dress in costumes for food but would perform (e.g., sing or tell jokes) in exchange instead of praying.

So when you’re passing out candy to kids dressed like ghosts, witches, and, yes, even bums, just remember: Halloween actually had a very non-commercial, very devout purpose.

What did you get? I got a fun fact about Halloween.

Sources: http://www.history.com/topics/halloween; http://www.deliriumsrealm.com/410/history-halloween-america/

Check them for more fun facts about the upcoming holiday!

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6 comments on “5 Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About Halloween

  1. celine bags
    October 26, 2012

    Lets start absorbing that now.

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  2. Nunev32142@yahoo.com
    October 27, 2012

    Howdy, We have all been to your blog various occasions. I got word about it from my lady. I made up my mind to post a comment. My partner and I really like jokes; so I considered enjoying the best laugh with you not to mention your viewers. Were do people with 1 leg work? At IHOP!

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  3. Derrick Lee
    November 1, 2012

    Wow. I didn’t know these facts at all! The one that seems the most unbelievable is women staring into the mirrors on halloween to see their future husbands. That one totally doesn’t make any sense but hey, Halloween was always a little “interesting”.

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  4. Al Eddy
    November 4, 2012

    I am with derrick on this but i thought i knew a lot about halloween but i did not know about women staring into the mirrors on halloween to see their future husbands.

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  5. Fred
    November 27, 2012

    Cool facts, very detailed post and wonderful blog, thanks for sharing.

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