Halloween is just around the corner! Be prepared for the spookiest holiday ever!
Let’s begin with a short cut through the Halloween history.
This is a holiday with ancient roots that had a much bigger meaning than the costume-filled holiday that we know today. Around 2,000 years ago the Celts celebrated the New Year on the 1st of November. They believed that on the night before New Year, October the 31st, the wall between the living and the dead will open, allowing spirits of the dead to mingle among the living. To protect themselves from the evil, Celts used to dress up in scary costumes and roamed the neighborhoods by making noise to scare the spirits.
Quite interesting belief, but today Halloween is celebrated all around the world with completely different traditions. We strangled out some of the most interesting!
Chinese celebrates Lantern Festival where lanterns, shaped like dragons and other animals, are hanging around houses and streets to help guide the spirits back to their earthly homes.
Mexico’s Dias de los Muertos is one of the most famous versions of Halloween. It focuses on gathering families and friends to remember their loved ones who have died. You will recognize it by wooden skull masks or sugar skulls called calacas. They put smiling skeletons make-up and wear colorful clothes.
In Czechoslovakia families place chairs by the fireside on Halloween night. One chair is for each living family and one for the spirit of the dead member.
Bobbing for apples is Scottish game. It’s a game where you must eat apples from the basket full of water and floating apples, with your hands beside your back. It is quite fun and the old tradition!
Observed worldwide on October 31, Halloween gives people the chance to have fun! Probably the most popular is wearing costumes. Alice in Wonderland's Red queen is nice choice for a lady, and Edward Scissorhands for boys. You can be anything you wish for!
Carving Jack O’ Lanterns also brings joy to families and get them together! Trick-or-treating is one of the main traditions of Halloween. Children in costumes travel from house to house in order to ask for treats such as candy with the question "Trick or treat?". The "trick" is a threat to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. This tradition is the most popular in USA.
Here are some funny facts about the Halloween.
- Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween
- One quarter of all the candy sold annually in the US is purchased for Halloween
- Halloween is second holiday in spending, just behind the Christmas
- Harry Houdini, who was one of the most famous and mysterious magicians, died in 1926 on Halloween night
- A pumpkin comes from the same family as the cucumber
- About 99% of all pumpkins are used as Jack O’ Lanterns
- On Halloween, journeys must be finished before sunset
- A traditional food eaten on Halloween is barnbrack, a kind of fruitcake that can be bought in stores or baked at home
- Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of strength and black represents death
- During the ancient celebration of Samhain, Druids threw cats into a fire, as a part of divination proceedings
- According to tradition, if a person wears his or her clothes inside out, he or she will see a witch at midnight
- Salem, Massachusetts, and Anoka, Minnesota, are the self-proclaimed Halloween capitals of the world.
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Since we found perfect costumes for you, like this Dark Mad Hatter's or scary Saw puppet and gave you basic information about how to celebrate Halloween, it’s time to dress up yourself, decorate the house and enjoy your Halloween night! Register with Stackry and make your shipping easy and cheap!
Love, from Stackry team!