Saturday, 26 October 2013

10 Things about Halloween

Gladys Gladrags is taking part in The Haunted Halloween Tea Part hosted by  A Fanciful Twist so here goes 10 things you might not know about Halloween and Halloween customs:

 Did you know that the custom of trick or treating is believed to have developed from a medieval custom called souling?
 The poor would go from door to door asking for food in return for prayers for the dead.

And do you know why folk dress up for Halloween?
Why to fool the spirits that are wandering on All Hallow's Eve when the veil between the world of the living and the dead is said to be at it's thinnest.

Do you know the legend of the Jack O Lantern?
 Apparently Jack tricked the devil into agreeing never to collect his soul. Unfortunately for Jack when he died he wasn't allowed into Heaven and because of the agreement the Devil had made he wasn't allowed into hell either. Jack's spirit was left to wander the earth moaning about how dark it was. Someone took pity on Jack and tossed him a lump of glowing coal which he put into a hollowed out pumpkin which he now uses to light his way - especially on Halloween!

And did you know that large turnips (swedes, rutabaga) were once used to make Jack O Lanterns in the UK?
Pumkins were very much a North American crop but now they are very popular in the UK too and they make a far more dramatic, and easier to carve Jack O Lantern.

Do you know why orange and black are such popular Halloween colours?
Well orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and black symbolizes death and darkness. These two colours  symbolize the demarcations between life and death and as the veil between the living world and the world of the dead is said to be at it's thinnest during Halloween they have been adopted as Halloween colours.

And did you know that some people suffer from a Halloween phobia?
No me neither but they do and it's called Samhainophobia.

Do you know that Halloween is also known as Samhain?
Samhain is a Celtic festival, a pagan sabbat, that marks the end of harvest.

And did you know that Samhain / Halloween is also The Celtic New Year?
In the old Celtic calendar the New Year began at sunset on Samhain.

Do you know that Halloween is the perfect time for scrying, trying to see the future?
There are many ancient Halloween traditions for trying to see into the future, especially for finding out who you are going to marry.

And did you know that Halloween is a time to honour  the dead?
Many cultures honour their dead and remember their ancestors at this time of year in a way we do it too with Remembrance Sunday in November.

(Image copyright James Caton)


  1. Very interesting.
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Soooo cool I love learning new things.
    Thank you for visiting my party :) I'm glad you liked the skeletons old truck :)

    Xoxo Gina

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    Oooh I learned so much! ...thank you for having me at your place, come on by and visit mine..if you dare...

  4. Oh what a great list of interesting Halloween facts. Thank you for sharing!

    Gerushia's New World

  5. I love the list of Halloween trivia! My favorite holiday!

  6. Enjoyed Your trivia party.Thank You for dropping by to visit Me.

  7. Great facts about Halloween, thank you!

    If you haven't already, do come celebrate Halloween with me at my 2 little parties:

    1. Feasting with the ghosts at:

    2. Dancing with the witches at:

  8. Wow this is really interesting, thank you for inviting me :)

    Heidi at:

  9. I'm glad I was able to visit your party. I love learning new things!

  10. Glad u shared these facts! Thanks!
    Happy Halloween.....

  11. I always love a party where I learn something new! Thank you for sharing this wonderful trivia.

    I know I'm running late, but I hope you'll visit me: