Happy Halloween, Flowerlovers! Halloween is well known for candies, customes, pumpkins, etc. This celebration maybe the most anticipated event for kids as they usualy running around the neighbourhood for threatening tricks. But, there are some weird facts that you maybe don’t know about Halloween. Check this out!
- You have to dance for “Treat”
For European, most people usually wear various costumes and the participants performing dances, songs and plays in exchange for treats.
In another version like in America, they celebrate it as “Thanksgiving”. As for trick-or-treats, men paraded door-to-door, and boys often followed and begging for coins. This door-to-door begging was mostly stopped in 1930s, but re-emerged again to distract kids from pulling Halloween pranks.
- Wear animal skins and heads
During the ancient Roman, tribes that located in Germany and France traditionally wore costumes of animal heads and skins to connect to dead spirits. This tradition continues in the celebration of Samhain, the Celtic holiday that inspired about Halloween in America. Now, merry-makers often blackening their faces to dress up as evil spirits. Usually, the leader of the Samhain parades wore a white sheet and carried a wooden horse head or a decorated horse skull. Young people also celebrated this tradition by cross-dressing.
There was a history about Jack-o’-lanterns. It comes from an old Irish tale about a man named Stingy Jack. According to folklore, Stingy Jack was out getting sloshed with the Devil when Jack convinced his drinking partner to turn himself into a coin to pay for the drinks without spending money. Then Jack put the Devil which is shaped like a coin into his pocket. The coins that contained from a silver cross kept the Devil from transforming back. Jack promised to free the Devil as long as the Devil wouldn’t bother him for a year, and if he died, the Devil could never claim his soul. Jack tricked the Devil again by getting him to pick a piece of fruit out of a tree and then carving a cross into the bark when the Devil was in the branches. This trick bought Jack another 10 years of devil-free living.
When Jack finally died, God decided he wasn’t fit for heaven, but the Devil had promised never to claim his soul for hell. So Jack was sent off to roam Earth with only a burning coal for light. He put the coal into a turnip as a lantern. And from that, now Stingy Jack became “Jack of the Lantern” or “Jack o’ Lantern.” Based on this myth, the Irish carved scary faces into turnips, beets and potatoes to scare away Stingy Jack or any other spirits on the night.
- Halloween is a perfect day to find your soulmate
In Ireland, people celebrated Halloween as to find their soulmate by playing romantic fortune-telling games. This game allegedly predicted who they would marry and when according to Nicholas Rogers’ “Halloween: From Pagan Ritual To Party Night”. Since Halloween is as similar as Valentine’s Day, where most of young people could mingle with the opposite sex, it was also considered a good day to scope out a sweetheart. Meanwhile in America, young people, particularly girls, continued the old Irish tradition.
- Halloween referred as “Cabbage Night”
Cabbage Night came from a Scottish fortune-telling game. The girls used cabbage stumps to predict information about their future husbands. According to Framinghan Legends & Lore, teens skipped the fortune-telling and simply went around throwing cabbage at their neighbors’ houses in the early Framingham, Massachusetts. This was no isolated tradition. In late 19th century of America, country boys reportedly rejoiced in throwing cabbage, corn and assorted rotten vegetables.