Are you aware of the unique facts about Halloween? We all know that Halloween is a time for spooky haunted houses, sugar-coated chocolate candies, and creatively revealing costumes. But how did it really become like that you may ask? And why do kids run around their neighborhoods asking for tricks or treats? Follow on below for some historically interesting facts about how Halloween became the holiday it is today:
Originally, you had to dance to get your goodies instead of knocking on people’s doors
Nowadays kids in creative costumes go door-to-door and ask for candy. A simple task to most. Before, you really had to earn your candy bars by performing a choreographed type of dance where there was accompanying music and songs in exchange for treats and money. Huffington Post adds that, “Most of these early trick-or-treaters were poor and actually needed the money, but wealthy children also joined in the fun.”
Alternative names for Halloween
Surprisingly, Halloween was not the only name to be utilized. Halloween has a plethora of other names associated with it, including Witches Night, All Hallows Eve, Lamswool, Snap-Apple Night, and Summer’s End. Makes you think all about the nighttime and the fact that summer is officially over and Fall has made its entrance.
Candy corn, one of America’s favorite Halloween candies
It’s no surprise that Halloween is the time to consume lots of sweets and treats. Over 20 million pounds of Candy corn is regularly sold during Halloween! Why, you may ask? Well, probably because it is so easy to make. It consists of only 3 ingredients: corn syrup, sugar, and water. It’s the simplicity that makes it so appealing across the country, which has basically become a staple distributor for Halloween. With its sweet and soft taste and texture, respectively, you can count on candy corn to satisfy your sweet tooth this Halloween.
Turnips were originally carved instead of pumpkins
Halloween and carved pumpkins go hand in hand. However, There is a myth from the Irish during the 1800’s that might say otherwise. Did you know that the origin of Jack-O-Lanterns came from a farmer named Jack who would essentially always play tricks on the devil? Jack used coal to make a lantern from turnips, to help guide his lost soul. Spooky stuff.
Halloween wasn’t all about the sugar
While these days Halloween has been popularized by sugar and lots of it during trick-or-treating, originally, trick-or-treaters got something other than money, candies and chocolates: nuts and fruits. It was a fairly healthy alternative to today’s obsession with all things sweet and artificial.
Symbolic Halloween symbols
You know about all the Halloween symbols that represent all sorts of spookiness like spiders, bats, and black cats. Did you know that during the Middle Ages, these dark symbols are what the witches supposedly used when creating bad luck in their spells?
Parents fear Halloween candy isn’t safe
Halloween is an open invitation for candies and sugar-coated treats. Kids collect buckets and buckets without end of mixed goodies and then eat them with a sense of fulfillment after all their hard work of going door-to-door is completed. However, one of parents’ biggest fears is that their children will receive poisoned Halloween candy. So always inspect the candy for safety precautions before giving it to your kids.
Trick-or-treating, an ancient tradition
It is interesting to think how far back trick-or-treating goes until. Going back to the medieval times, “guising” was what trick-or-treating was called. During the late 18th century, the Scottish and Irish immigrants brought Halloween over to the US. So the next time you knock on someone’s door to ask for candy, remind yourself how ancient of a tradition trick-or-treating really is.
Cartoons re-popularized trick-or-treating
Trick-or-treating was somewhat popular before World War II. After all the sugar rationing was ended in 1947, says Business Insider, many children’s magazines and radio programs reintroduced the trick-or-treating phenomenon so that kids would be encouraged to start dressing up in costumes again and running for from door-to-door asking for candied goodies. Business Insider adds that, “By 1952, trick-or-treating was hugely popular again.”
Halloween is one of the most commercial American holidays of the year
Aside from Christmas, which is the most American commercial holiday, Halloween is spookily sneaking its way to becoming the second most commercial holiday in America. History.com suggests that, “Americans spend an estimated $6 billion on Halloween annually, including candy, costumes, and decorations.” Don’t forget about the candy industry, which makes over 90 million pounds of chocolate! That’s a sugary mouthful to say the least.
There you have it, some fun and fitting facts about Halloween. Now get ready to dress up, eat up, and scare down some fellow trick-or-treaters. Happy and safe Halloweening!