Find yourself seemingly haunted by breads, candies and other foods in the shape of skulls and skeletons here and there? This is a silent but official way to inform you that the ghostly Halloween has overwhelmingly arrived instead! Straddling the line between fall and winter, life and death, Halloween is a time of harvest, celebration and superstition!
Originally, it is thought to come from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. Did You Know? One quarter of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween!
As one of the world’s oldest holidays, Halloween is still celebrated today in a number of countries around the globe. In Mexico and other Latin American countries, Día de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—honors deceased loved ones and ancestors. In countries such as Ireland, Canada and the United States, adults and children alike revel in the popular Halloween holiday, which derived from ancient festivals and religious rituals. Traditions include costume parties, pranks, games, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns and trick-or-treating which costumed children typically savor while their cavity-conscious parents grudgingly tag along. FYI, U.S. farmers grow more than 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin each year, and jack-o’-lanterns supposedly own part of the credit.
Speaking of costume parties, DX has provided dear customers with a whole webpage about the most thrilling and spookiest Halloween props and items. Here is the link: http://e.dx.com/albums/201209/halloween-gadgets/index.html. Reportedly, the tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits.
Now put on an eerie scary costume and embrace the Haunting night! Let’s get the thrilling party started!