In honor of Halloween, we thought it might be fun to bring back some Halloween trivia.
The root of the word “hallow” comes from an old term meaning saint or holy person. Since Halloween falls on the eve of All Saints Day, this is how All Saints Eve became know as All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween.
How is this for spooky? Two years from now, in 2020, there will be a full moon on Halloween, October 31st.
The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” The plural for wicce is wiccan. Wiccan were highly respected people at one time.
Bobbing for apples, another Halloween tradition was imported into Britain by the Roman. Another variation was also played where apples were hung from strings and contestants would have to try and bite into them.
Jack O’ Lanterns are pumpkins with a lighted candle inside. According to Irish legend, Jack O’ Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. Therefore, he was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths.
Trick-or-treating has been around for a long time, with versions existing since medieval times. Originally, it was called “guising” and children and poor adults wore costumes and begged for food or money in exchange for songs or prayers during Hallowmas.
Americans will spend over 8.4 billion dollars on candy to give away for Halloween…ok, give away most of… how many of you save the best candy for yourselves? Even with $8.4 billion in candy sales for Halloween, this holiday actually comes in #2 behind Christmas.
Wishing everyone a safe and fun-filled Halloween