Halloween history is one of mystery and intrigue, the story of Halloween’s past has been passed down through generations. Traditions and adaptations of ancient ceremonies and superstitions have evolved into the holiday we know and love today.
Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses”.
Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or appease them.
Trick-or-treating, is an activity for children on or around Halloween in which they proceed from house to house in costumes, asking for treats such as confectionery with the question, “Trick or treat?” The “trick” part of “trick or treat” is a threat to play a trick on the homeowner or his property if no treat is given. Trick-or-treating is one of the main traditions of Halloween. The history of Halloween has evolved. The activity is popular in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada. Part of the history of Halloween is Halloween costumes. The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays goes back to the Middle Ages, and includes Christmas wassailing.
Three interesting facts about Halloween:
- The first Jack O’Lanterns (crafted pumpkin) were actually made from turnips.
- Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
- The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb (379.203kg).