Halloween, by far, is the spookiest night of the year (or at least it’s supposed to be) and is also a night that parents dread when it comes to thinking about the sugar rush that their kids will be on. Have you ever thought about where Halloween came from or why kids ring people’s doorbells to beg for candy? We have some fun Halloween facts for you!
- Dressing up on Halloween came from the Celts.
The Celts believed that Samhain was a time when the wall between our world and the paranormal world was open and spirits could get through. It’s because of this belief that the Celts would wear costumes or masks during the Samhain festival to keep evil spirits from messing with them.
- The name “Halloween” comes from the Catholics.
Hallowmas is a three-day Catholic holiday where saints are honored and people pray to the deceased. At the beginning of the 11th century, the pope decreed that the three-day holiday would last from October 31st until November 2nd. The reasoning behind this was likely because that was at the same time that Samhain was celebrated and the church was trying to convert the ‘pagans’.
- Halloween and the candy industry SUPPOSEDLY influenced Daylight Savings Time (thanks guys!).
It’s believed that candy makers lobbied to extend daylight savings times into the beginning of November to get that extra hour of daylight in so that children could collect even more candy. Candy makers wanted this extra hour of daylight so badly that during the hearings in 1985 on Daylight Savings Time, they put candy pumpkins on the seat of every senator.
- Speaking of children getting candy, how did that come about? Glad you asked.
Versions of trick-or-treating have existed since medieval times. During those times, it was known as ‘guising’ and children and poor adults would wear costumes during Hallowmas begging for food and money in exchange for songs and prayers. In America, trick-or-treating was brought to us by the Irish and became popular during the early 20th century. However, the fun died during WWII when sugar was rationed. After the rationing ended in 1947, children’s programs and comics helped to bring back the tradition of dressing up in costumes and asking for candy.
- Candy Corn was originally known as “chicken feed”.
Candy Corn was invented by George Renninger who was a candy maker at the Wunderle Candy Company of Philadelphia in the 1880s. Originally, the candy was called “butter cream candies” but became known as “chicken feed” since the candy was commonly used to feed livestock. Candy Corn didn’t have an association with Halloween or with the fall as it was sold seasonally from March to November. It was after WWII that advertisers began marketing it as a special Halloween treat due to its colors and ties to the fall harvest.
We hope you enjoyed these fun Halloween facts! We wish everyone a safe, spooky, and Happy Halloween!