Halloween

Halloween is an annual holiday, observed on October 31st, which was primarily celebrated in the United States, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom, but nowadays it is largely a secular celebration.

[singlepic id=62 w=320 h=240 float=left]Halloween is an annual holiday, observed on October 31st, which was primarily celebrated in the United States, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom, but nowadays it is largely a secular celebration.

Halloween as we know it today is a mix of Celtic (festival of Samhain) practices, Catholic (All Saint’s Day, All Souls’ day) and Roman (festival of Feralia) religious rituals and European folk traditions that blended together over time. It is primarily linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain which celebrates the end of the ?lighter half? of the year and beginning of the ?darker half?. Sometimes it was also regarded as ?Celtic New Year?. It has been thought of as a day when the dead can return to the earth, and ancient Celts would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off these roaming ghosts. Through the time, the holiday began to lose its religious connotation, the superstitions and beliefs lost power over people. Although, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people can still look forward to parades, costumes and sweet treats to usher in the winter season.

We all know the most popular symbol of Halloween, the carving of pumpkins, which is associated with this holiday in North America where pumpkins are both readily available and much larger – making them easier to carve than turnips. People carve different faces into the pumpkin, such as smiley or horror and decorate their home with them.
Traditional characters include ghosts, witches, skeletons, vampires, werewolves, demons, bats, spiders, and black cats.
Black and orange are the traditional colors and represent the darkness of night and the color of bonfires, autumn leaves, and jack-o’-lanterns.

Halloween fun facts

Halloween is the one of the most captivating holidays because of the unknown. The element of surprise and mystery makes it fun, unpredictable and mysterious. Enlighten yourself and your friends with Halloween fun facts to enjoy holiday even more!

  • [singlepic id=59 w=320 h=240 float=right]Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
  • It is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, after the Christmas on the first place.
  • Of all the candy sold annually, one quarter of it is sold during Halloween time making it the sweetest holiday of the year.
  • The U.S. consumer spends upwards of $1.5 billion on Halloween costumes annually and more than $2.5 billion on other Halloween things, such as decorations, crafts,…
  • Of the pumpkins marketed domestically, 99% of them are used as Jack-o’- lanterns.
  • Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carving!
  • Black cats were once believed to be witch’s familiars who protected their power.
  • If your birthday falls on Halloween, you have been born blessed with the gift of communicating with those who passed away, according to superstition.

Halloween legends

Urban legends thrive on people’s deepest fears, that our safe world can crack at any moment and a madman will change our lives forever. That alone is enough to give anyone second thoughts about our everyday routine. Everyone loves scary ghost stories and when the days get shorter and the nights longer, our imagination become wild.
So, invite your friends, dim the lights or use candles and make yourself an evening, full of mystery and scariness with reading through some most known Halloween legends. Did it really happened or is it just an imagination? Watch out that you won’t be frightened too much…

FIVE LEVEL HAUNTED HOUSE

[singlepic id=61 w=320 h=240 float=right]The legend talks about haunted house which is so scary that nobody can ever complete tour through it. So called witnesses claim this house has five levels that get scarier on each floor. Most visitors turn back or just disappear. Anyone, who could tour all levels, would get a large cash prize, but of course, that has never been done.
There is no evidence that this haunted house truly exists, but you can hear about those who have been in the house and were never seen again. One guy was found almost scared to death and he had to be institutionalized.
Now, you can decide if you believe it or not, but you have to admit that’s a bit spooky, isn’t it?

POISON HALLOWEEN CANDY

This legend is a parent’s worst nightmare and a child’s deepest fear. On Halloween, children who transform to different ghosts, goblins, vampires and other, receive candy with poison. This candy is harmed with physical and mental scars, or even worse, it causes death.
Some believe that there is a mean old man with warts on his nose, waiting for his next victim. He gets his revenge on the greedy little children with tampered Halloween candy while trick or treating.
Most of these stories consist of razor blades, needles, screws, and other harmful things being inserted inside apples and popcorn balls.
So, how much truth is in this story? Well there’s very little evidence of strangers who poison children while trick-or-treating, but unfortunately, in 1974, Ronald Clark O’Bryan from Texas, did indeed add cyanide to candy with attention to poison his four children. Timothy O’Bryan, his son, died. Ronald aka ?The Candy man? paid for his crime with a lethal injection.

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