Halloween is a holiday steeped in rich tradition throughout the world. The word Halloween comes from an Old English form of All Hallow's Eve, known as All Hallow's Ev'en (Evening). This night has long ushered in the dark half of the year in many regions of the world. Halloween was once a night that caused anxiety and dread among those terrified their souls may be taken by evil beings from beyond the veil between the world of the living and the dead! Its said the veil between the world of the living and the dead is most thin on All Hallow's Eve!
Halloween was originally dubbed The Festival of Samhain, a Celtic celebration that ushered in "the dying of the light" (summer's end), an evening on which the spirits of the dead (good and evil) were permitted by The Lord of The Dark, Samhain, to wander Earth and intermingle with the living. The Celtic Druid's New Year was on November 1, which later became All Soul's Day. Ancient Celts lit bonfires on Samhain night to fend off evil spirits who came out in the darkness.
- The Cutty Black Sow is a demon in Welsh folklore believed to steal souls on Halloween.
- Halloween is the night before The Catholic, All Soul's Day, a day to honor canonized saints.
- All Soul's Day was created to integrate Celtic Druid into Christian traditions as converts.
- Kids once went door to door offering prayers in exchange for soul cakes on Halloween.
- Masks were worn as disguises to confuse and ward off evil spirits on All Hallow's Eve.
- Masks were also worn to honor ancestors who passed away.
- Jack-o-Lanterns were originally made out of turnips.
- Large Potatoes and rutabagas were also utilized in Europe for carving.
- Pumpkins are native to North America, not Europe.
- Seeds were brought back to Europe from America and Europe was introduced to the pumpkin!
- Bobbing for apples was a form of divining that foretold the type of man a woman would marry.
- Most kids who have been poisoned with candy were victims of family members, not strangers.