LOS ANGELES, CA - Summer is over and Fall is here! For every sweater you wear and every pumpkin you see, just know that one thing is creeping closer and closer…. HALLOWEEN! To get you in the mood, here are some weird things you may not have known about our favorite holiday!
Halloween is more Irish than St. Patrick’s Day! Halloween’s origins come from a Celtic festival called “Samhain.” Celts believed that ghosts of the dead roamed earth on this holiday and they would leave treats on their doorstep to appease the spirits.
According to ancient Roman records, tribes located in today’s Germany and France traditionally wore costumes of animal heads and skins to connect to spirits of the dead. The tradition continued into modern celebrations of Samhain. (We much prefer polyester costumes ourselves, but to each their own.)
Jack-o-lanterns were originally made out of turnips, beets, and potatoes, not pumpkins.
And if that weren’t strange enough, some American towns originally referred to Halloween as “Cabbage Night.” This came from a Scottish fortune-telling game, where girls used cabbage stumps to predict information about their future husbands.
Since Halloween was one of the main celebrations of the year where young people could mingle with the opposite sex, it was also considered a good day to scope out a sweetheart.
So, if you want a sweetheart and don’t want to wait until Valentine’s Day, start thinking about your costume now! (May we suggest forgoing the dead animal carcasses?)