Facts To Impress This Halloween

As Yoda would say, “Halloween my favorite holiday is not.”

Despite that fact, I was having some fun putting candy eyeballs on various things around the house, then taking a picture.  Because, why else would you put candy eyeballs on various things around the house?  I also decided it was high time to show off my very, very basic Photo Shop Elements skills.

Trick or treating comes from the Middle-Age practice of the poor dressing up in costumes and going around door to door during Hallowmas begging for food or money in exchange for prayers. The food given was often a Soul Cake, which was a small round cake which represented a soul being freed from Purgatory when the cake was eaten.

The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl’s call meant someone was about to die.

Halloween is recognized as the 3rd biggest party day after New Year’s and Super Bowl Sunday.  It is also the second most commercially successful holiday, with (surprise !) Christmas being the first.  Halloween candy sales average about two billion dollars annually in the United States.

If you see a spider on this night, it could be the spirit of a dead loved one who is watching you.

According to folklore, the jack-o-lantern got his name from a man named Jack.  Jack-o-lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.

Samhainophobia is an intense fear of Halloween.

Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.

Halloween is one of the oldest celebrations in the world, dating back over 2000 years to the time of the Celts who lived in Britain.  Halloween is also know by other names:
All Hallows Eve
Samhain
All Hallowtide
The Feast of the Dead
The Day of the Dead

 

Whatever name you call it, have a safe and fun holiday !

More facts on Halloween can be found at : The Holiday Spot

 

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