A pagan holiday?
Halloween falls on 31 October every year. It is thought to be associated with the ancient Celtic harvest festival of Samhain (All Hallows Eve). It is supposedly the day were souls of the dead could mingle with the living.
Halloween is NOT from America!
Its origins date back to almost 2000 years ago in England, Ireland and Northern France. It was brought over to America by immigrants who settled there.
Dressing up wasn’t always for fun…
Back in the days, they weren’t regarded as costumes but rather disguises to blend in with the evil spirits/demons that were believed to be roaming about.
Today, Halloween costumes have evolved to dressing up as almost anything you wish! There’s the cute, the scary, the sexy. The top 10 most searched Halloween costumes for Halloween this year according to Google, as reported by Glamour, are Fortnite, Spider-Man, Unicorn, Dinosaur, Witch, Harley Quinn, Superhero, Pirate, Rabbit, and Princess.
There was no trick in trick-or-treating when the practice started.
It is believed to have originally begun as “souling” or guising, where children would go door-to-door on Halloween with soul cakes, singing and saying prayers for the dead. The furthest children went were telling jokes, but nothing more than that. The term ‘trick-or-treat’ was adopted in America in 1920s. The associated threat made trick-or-treating once a huge turn-off for many Britons and Scots.
Downloadable printables provided by the police in Britain.
Matchmaking on Halloween?!?!
Yep! Young ladies of the past had engaged in various rituals and practices to find their potential other half. Reason being, it is thought to be the most favourable time for divinations concerning marriage. Some examples include burying a ring in mashed potatoes, writing names on hazelnuts, and even throwing apple peels over shoulders!
The iconic Jack O’Lanterns weren’t always pumpkins!
Root vegetables like turnips, beets, and potatoes were carved out and lights were placed in them to ward off evil spirits. It was later discovered that pumpkins were larger and easier to carve, thus the switch over to using pumpkins instead. According to Guinness World Records, the largest jack o’lantern carved weighs a whopping 821.23 kg!
The world’s largest carved pumpkin by Scott Cully, Bronx, New York, USA, on 30 October 2010.
New episode of Spotlight on 20 Oct 2018, 3pm SGT.