Did you know Halloween’s origins started with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain? Everyone would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory the third designated November 1st a time to honour all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. Before long, the evening before came to be known as All Hallows Eve, and eventually what we call it today: Halloween.
Halloween dates back to about 2,000 years ago, and the day marked the end of summer and the beginning of the long and cold winter. This time of the year was closely associated with human death. This day also marked the end of a year and the beginning of a new one. They believed the night before the year was to end, the boundary between the world of the dead and living became blurred. On this day, they created Samhain, and they believed it was the day the ghosts of the dead returned to the earth.
Today, we still hold on to some of those threads of tradition from the Celts. We celebrate around warm fires and wear costumes, but modern-day Halloween has evolved into more modern traditions like carving pumpkins, festive gatherings, and eating treats.
This time of year, carving out pumpkins, creepy costumes, trick-or-treating, and indulging in your candy cravings is among the favourite Halloween traditions. It doesn’t matter how you celebrate Halloween, but here are some other Halloween traditions you might consider taking up this year.
It can be a lot of fun to go to a pumpkin patch with friends or family and pick out some pumpkins to carve or eat or both! Or maybe even pick some up just for display pumpkins are in all cute shapes and sizes!
Some neighbourhoods have the hardcore Halloween goers who decorate their whole house and turn it into a tour! These are tours are often free or by donation or, there are even some who accept donations for local food charities. As an alternative, many places offer live haunted tours of old run-down buildings, like asylums or old farms. Warning: some of these tours are not for the weak.
Some farms will host themed haunted mazes in their cornfields! They’re often decorated, and the best ones have people hidden among the corn waiting to scare you at the next turn!
This tradition dates back to Roman times as a courting ritual honouring the goddess Pomona, the goddess of abundance and agriculture. They thought the outcome of the game would help foretell their future relationships. If you’re courting someone this year, try bobbing for apples, and don’t use your hands to help!
Ah, a classic Halloween tradition. You can do this inside your own house, with your family members, or take it to the next level and prank strangers as they come to your house! After all, it wouldn’t be trick-or-treating without it!
Coating apples in sugar as a means of preserving them has been around for centuries. It wasn’t until the 1900s that sugared apples were recorded to have been introduced as a Halloween staple. If you’re into preserving apples, or just like the sugary sweetness, dig in!
The Celts used to light bonfires in the spirit of the holiday, and the fire would naturally attract bugs, insects, and that would attract bats. Mix in a bunch of medieval folklore about bats being spooky, some serious superstitions, and you have a recipe for the stereotype Halloween labels them as: harbingers of death.
From the early history of Halloween, open flames were crucial to helping guide the ways of souls seeking the afterlife. As for today, who doesn’t like sitting beside a campfire with family, friends and just relaxing, joking, and laughing? Or maybe you just like the spooky ambiance of a few candles in a dark room? Either way, it’s a good way to relax.
Are you a classic candy corn consumer? Laffy Taffy, mints, chocolate, suckers, gum, candy apples, all of the above, and more? Do you have a fall favorite recipe you make every Halloween? Do you make baking a part of your Halloween celebration?
Finally, the age-old question: what are you dressing up for on Halloween? Do you prefer the classic but timeless witch or monster? Maybe a zombie, or vampire? Perhaps you enjoy dressing up as a lumberjack, a pirate, or a princess. No matter what you choose, make it fun! That’s the point of Halloween.
Halloween’s origin is chock full of religion, stories, and superstitions. It is a time of uncertainty, mischief, and the unknown. What do you do to celebrate Halloween? What is your Halloween tradition? Maybe you also (like some of us here at CanScribe!) wait for the Halloween chocolate to go on sale shortly after the holiday and go crazy buying what you can. Discount chocolate and candy is the best chocolate and candy.
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Have a safe and happy Halloween, from all of us at CanScribe!