An old tradition called “souling” or Halloween

Fun Facts About Halloween

Facts About Halloween and Halloween History

  • The tradition of trick or treating is believed to have its roots in Europe,  with an old tradition called “souling”.  Beggars would go around from village to  village begging for cakes or “soul cakes”.  The more cakes they received, the  more prayers they would say for the donors dead loved ones.
  • The term “trick or treat” dates back to the 1930’s.  One of the earliest  references to the phrase was printed in The Oregon Journal on November 1, 1934.   The headline was “Halloween Pranks Keep Police on Hop” and it read “Other young  goblins and ghosts, employing modern shakedown methods, successfully worked the  ‘trick or treat’ system in all parts of the city.”  Treats were being passed out  to young pranksters to keep them from vandalizing.
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  • Halloween is believed to have originated in Ireland, with the Celtic  religion.  They had a huge feast called Samhain (pronounced Sah-ween) every  November 1st.  The Celtics would dress up in masks and costumes so the ghosts  believed to be roaming the countryside on this day wouldn’t recognize them. The  name Halloween also stems from “All Hallows Eve”, the night before “All Souls  Day”.
  • With the immigration of many Irish, the custom of Halloween was brought to  American in the late 1800’s..
  • Orange and black are popular Halloween colors because orange is associated  with fall harvest and black is associated with death.
  • Over 28 million Halloween cards are sent each year
  • The first Jack-o-Lantern was carved out of a turnip, not a pumpkin.  The  pumpkin started to be used because it was more plentiful in the U.S.
  • Halloween has become a $6 billion commercial holiday in the United  States.
  • One quarter of all candy purchased in the US is sold for Halloween.
  • According to the National Confectioner’s Association, more than 35 million  pounds of candy corn is produced each year.

From American History Fun Facts

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