Halloween is a holiday that involves lots of trick-or-treating, candy, costumes, and fun. It’s a time of year where you can be yourself and have a good time. But it wasn’t always like that. Here are five interesting facts about Halloween that we bet you probably didn’t know!
#5 Warding the Devil
Listverse indicates that back before Halloween was about candy and silly costumes, it used to be called “All Hallows’ Eve.” It was a day that people believed demons and devils came to kill them. To ward off these demons, people would put on masks and dress up as devils to mock them, hoping it would make the demons leave.
#4 Stingy Jack
Listverse relates that according to Irish legend, the devil himself came to steal the soul of a thief named Jack. But Jack managed to trick the devil into swearing to never steal his soul. After living for a long time, Jack finally died.
But when he attempted to enter Heaven, he wasn’t allowed in because he had lived an evil life. So he attempted to enter hell, but he couldn’t because of the Devil’s promise to him. He then complained about having no light to see, the devil laughed and threw a glowing ember at him. He put the ember in a turnip, which he had fashioned into a lantern. So he is now cursed to wander the Earth for eternity, and that’s where the term “Jack O’ Lantern” came to be.
#3 Bobbing for Apples
The tradition of bobbing for apples is supposed to have originated during Roman Harvest Festivals and honored the goddess of fruit trees, Pomona, reports PioneerWoman. Unmarried couples would bob for apples, and the first to bite into the apple would be the next to get married.
CSICop states many superstitions that we have today originally came from the Middle Ages.
For instance, superstition about black cats started during a time when people thought witches turned into black cats to avoid detection. The thought that walking under a ladder is bad luck came from the thought that it represented the Holy Trinity and to walk through was considered a desecration of God.
#1 Assorted Halloween Trivia
Halloween is one of the oldest and most celebrated holidays. Although it is mostly celebrated in North America, it is still celebrated all over the world. America alone purchases nearly 600 million pieces of candy every year. 72 % of those people hand out candy, and most of those give out 2 to 3 pieces each person. “Samhainophobia” is commonly known as the fear of Halloween.