Tuesday Trivia – Halloween.
by Mike Strobel
Halloween can be traced back more than 2000 years to the Druids in Ireland, Britain and Northern Europe. The feast on October 31, the last day of the Celtic calendar, was a pagan holiday to celebrate the dead. All Hallows Eve was the feast of Samhain, which is summers end, a harvest festival. The Celts believed the souls of the dead roamed the streets on this night, and since not all spirits were friendly, gifts and treats were left out to make them happy and ensure a good crop the following year.
The tradition of a bonfire was to ward off evil spirits. Likewise, people used to place candles in carved out turnips to keep away spirits on the Samhain holiday. In America, this switched to a local gourd, the pumpkin.
The fear of Halloween is known as Samhnainophobia.
Did you know that Tootsie Rolls were the wrapped penny candy in America.
Halloween is the second most commercially successful holiday, behind Christmas.
Snickers (my favorite) is the most popular candy with trick-or-treaters.
The reason we wear masks on Halloween is because the ancient Celts believed that ghosts roamed the land on Halloween night and the Celts started wearing masks to avoid being seen as human (hiding from the ghosts).
Halloween candy, with all the weight and teeth issues that goes with it, averages about 2 billion dollars in sales each year in the US.