Halloween carries many historical truths and tales. Have you ever wondered when and why trick or treating got started? How about who started the tradition of bobbing for apples? Keep reading to find the answers to the top ten Halloween legends.
- Legends say if you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved on watching over you
- Welsh and Celtic traditions believe the dead visit the living on October 31st….and let the haunting begin. They would were masks on that day so the spirits of the dead would not recognize them.
- At the turn of the century, cities were becoming overcrowded and Halloween became a time to let off steam by playing practical jokes and tricks on people. By the 1930’s these practical jokes began to get dangerous and serious damage was being done on Halloween. This is how “trick or Treat”, the movement to have children go door to door and ask for candy began as a substitute for wild pranks and vandalism that was getting out of control in the cities across America.
- Mexicans celebrate “The Day of the Dead” (El Dia de los Muertos)
- Legends say that bobbing for apples may have originated from a roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees
- During the 1800’s, out in the heartland of America when the Harvest ended celebrations were held at the end of October usually. People dressed up in costumes, had hayrides, ate sweets and bobbed for apples to celebrate. Scaring and tricking people became a young adult prank at the celebrations.
- Jack o’ lanterns or carved pumpkins as they are known today, originated in Ireland where people put candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away evil spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday
- Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States
- Halloween is the second most commercially successful holiday in America and the western culture, with Christmas being the first
- Holloween was referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back to over 2000 years ago as a traditional pagan celebration
Raleigh has many activities available to celebrate Halloween. Check out Halloween events in Wake County. We hope you enjoyed this little history lesson in the top ten Halloween legends.
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