In America, almost everyone knows about our Halloween traditions. Children look forward to this special night for months ahead. A chance to dress up in costume, roam the neighborhood with friends, and ask for candy. A time for parent’s and children to try their hand at carving pumpkins and dress up the home with scary spiders, ghosts, and coffins.
But where did this tradition come from? During my research I discovered that Halloween has a rich and interesting history.
Also known as All Hallow’s Eve, it can be traced back 2000 years to a pre-Christian Celtic festival called Samhain. It means “summer’s end” in Gaelic. This is an annual meeting at the end of harvest to gather resources for the winter ahead, much like Thanksgiving.
Trick or treating didn’t come to America until after World War two.
Bobbing for apples was a game during the colonial era. Legend has it that the first person to pluck an apple from the water filled bucket without using their hands would be the first to marry.
Another ritual involved looking in a mirror at midnight by candlelight for a future husband’s face to appear.
Whatever YOU do this Halloween, go have some FUN and STAY SAFE!!
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