Screamgal’s Halloweeny History and Facts!

How much do YOU know about Halloween? So far, we know that Kool Aid will wash out of your hair, certain brands of fake blood will come out of clothes, and there IS such thing as too much candy.

But beyond candy, costumes, and bobbing for apples, we’ve dug up some ghoulish facts that we bet you didn’t know about Halloween!

- Halloween may be one of the oldest holidays in the world! And it’s not just a North American tradition, as it’s celebrated across the globe in many different ways.

- The Halloween in Mexico is called Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead” in English. It’s a three-day celebration where the living honors the dead, who supposedly return to their earthly graves on Oct. 31st.

- Halloween began as part of the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain in Ireland (before it was called Ireland). They celebrated it on Oct. 31st because Nov. 1st was considered their New Year, since it marked the end of summer harvest.

- At the festival of Samhain, people would dress up and dance around a fire to ward off evil ghosts and spirits. They believed evil spirits came in the wintertime because the darkness was longer, and more deaths occurred in the cooler climate than in the warmer.

- In the 18th century, Pope Gregory III renamed Nov. 1st to “All Saints Day” to celebrate the saints and martyrs. With this name change, the eve was called “All Hallows Eve”, eventually renamed to Halloween.

- Originating in Europe, Halloween hadn’t come to North America until the European settlers arrived.

- Jack O’Lanters were first carved out of turnips and potatoes. Once the tradition moved to North America, pumpkins were used in place since turnips were sparse.

- The name “Jack O’Lantern” came from the Irish folktale “Stingy Jack”. It told the story of a man who’s frugal and mischievous ways made him unfit for both heaven and hell. According to the tale, his soul still walks along the living, using a carved “lantern” to light his way.

- After Christmas, Halloween is the holiday where people spend the most money

- Pumpkins are good for you! They contain Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron, plus they’re high in fiber, low in sodium, calories, and fat.