You might know Halloween by our very American (and awesome) traditions of trick-or-treating, trolling haunted houses (and playing in spooky Warehouses) and carving jack-o-lanterns. But if you thought this holiday has always been as it is today, you’ve got a whole world of knowledge coming.
History of Halloween
Here’s some background on some of our most cherished Halloween traditions:
Trick or Treat!
Begging for candy might have started in the United States, but its roots go clear back to England in the Middle Ages, when poor people begged for sweet bread in exchange for praying for departed loved ones. Now, trick-or-treating has spread from the United States to Canada, the UK, Ireland and even in parts of Europe and Saudi Arabia. Today, in Ohio, Iowa and Massachusetts, the night of trick-or-treating is referred to as “Beggars Night.” That likely doesn’t stop anyone!
Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without pumpkins. The Jack-o-lantern is a carved pumpkin made into a lantern to cast a spooky glow on Halloween night. This tradition began in England, and the legend says that Jack, a farmer, cheated people and even the devil in his lifetime. When he died, he couldn’t go to Heaven and the devil couldn’t take his soul, so he was left to wander the earth. Jack carved a turnip to use as a lantern to guide his way. Now, jack-o-lanterns are aflame in the United States as well!
Dressing up might be the best part about Halloween (well, besides the candy and the parties and….). Costumes became pretty popular in the early 1900s, when companies started mass-producing them and trick-or-treating was becoming a popular tradition. While the first Halloween costumes were typically scary, ranging from ghosts to goblins and vampires, these days, it’s also pretty common for young adults (and some older ones!) to use the holiday as an excuse to wear funny, crazy or particularly revealing clothing. Hey, on Halloween, it’s all about “come as you aren’t!”
What are your favorite Halloween traditions? How about starting a new one? Our spooky warehouse is the perfect place to do it!