Ghosts, goblins, witches, and pumpkins are often what people imagine when they think about Halloween. However, there are a few spooky facts that you might not know about the holiday that are chilling and fun for the time of year.
Tales From Long Ago
Although Halloween becomes a bit more modern each year, it started about 2,000 years ago with the Celts. The first Samhain festival was held on October 31 in what is now Ireland and the United Kingdom. October 31 was originally set as the day before the new year for the Celts as well as the start of the winter season. It was also a time when they believed that the dead would roam the Earth once again.
While going out and about to houses to get candy is a fun tradition for many children, trick-or-treating was originally known as souling. Samhain was a Celtic festival and a time when children from poor families would visit other homes to beg for money, food, and prayers for their souls.
All About the Candy
When the tradition of trick-or-treating started in the 1900s in the United States, many people found that it was easier to hand out baked goods and fruits. Some of the wealthier families would hand out candy. In the 1970s, companies started packaging candy for the Halloween crowd, which resulted in candy being the number one treat to give to children. Another fun fact is that candy corn was originally known as chicken feed. This is because the candy was first made in the 1880s, which was when many people were in the farming industry. The triangular shape of the candy reminded people of what they would feed their chickens and other animals. The 2017 season holds the record for the most money spent on the holiday at $2.7 billion for candy alone.