The scariest, silliest, sugariest night of the year is finally here. Americans take their Halloween pretty seriously, even if many of us don’t know exactly why we carve pumpkins, hang fake ghosts, hand out candy, or dress up like something dragged in by a graveyard cat !!
The scariest, silliest, sugariest night of the year is finally here. Americans take their Halloween pretty seriously, even if many of us don’t know exactly why we carve pumpkins, hang fake ghosts, hand out candy, or dress up like something dragged in by a graveyard cat
WHAT IS HALLOWEEN
Halloween is an annual holiday, celebrated each year on October 31, that has roots in age-old European traditions.
It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.
In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween.
Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating and carving jack-o-lanterns. Around the world, as days grow shorter and nights get colder, people continue to usher in the season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats
HALLOWEEN IN AMERICA
Celebration of Halloween was extremely limited in colonial New England because of the rigid Protestant belief systems there. Halloween was much more common in Maryland and the southern colonies.
As the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups as well as the American Indians meshed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge. The first celebrations included “play parties,” public events held to celebrate the harvest, where neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other’s fortunes, dance and sing.
MOST POPULAR COSTUMES
Nearly half of all adults plan to dress up this year; some 5.8 million witches are expected to be on the streets and in the skies this Halloween. Many of those adults surveyed also planned to dress as characters from the Batman, Spider-Man, and Captain America films. (A new Google effort to chart trending costume searches, the Frightgeist, suggests we’ll also see our share of Wonder Women, Harley Quinns, clowns, and unicorns.)
Even though many pets are less than enthusiastic about wearing Halloween costumes, 16 percent of their owners will be dressing them up whether they like it or not. Pumpkin, hot dog, lion, and pirate top this year’s list of costumes for our four-legged friends