Halloween is my favorite holiday. i know everyone always says Christmas but hey i dare to be different. so i wanted to do some research on the history of it. when it started, where is tarted and what it all means. during my years a private Christan elementary school we were not allowed to dress up because they considered Halloween the devils holiday so we got to dress up like Bible characters. yes this could have scared me but it only intrigued me more. plus i wanted to know if it really ever was the devils holiday. so here we go.
Halloween is an annual holiday observed on October 31, primarily in Canada, Ireland, Scotland and the United States.
Ancient Origins of Halloween
Origin of name
The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even ("evening"), that is, the night before All Hallows Day. Up through the early 20th century, the spelling "Hallowe'en" was frequently used, eliding the "v" and shortening the word. Although the phrase All Hallows is found in Old English (ealra hālgena mæssedæg, mass-day of all saints), All-Hallows-Evenis itself not attested until 1556.
Halloween coming to America
In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with new immigrants. These new immigrants, especially the millions of Irish fleeing Ireland's potato famine of 1846, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally. Taking from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today's "trick-or-treat" tradition. Young women believed that, on Halloween, they could divine the name or appearance of their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings, or mirrors.
In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers, than about ghosts, pranks, and witchcraft.
Legend of the Jack O'Lantern
Did you know that One quarter of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween.