Halloween Fact of the Day #15-#32  

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1/14/2006 10:50 pm

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Halloween Fact of the Day #15-#32

Only because DT kept asking me, I'm posting the rest of these damned things. So enjoy.

Fact #15- In many jurisdictions, Halloween is held on October 30th when October 31st falls on a Sunday. This is to avoid direct conflict between Halloween celebrations and church services.

Fact #16- Some Evangelical congregations have “Trunk or Treat” parties in which church members park their cars in the church parking lot, distribute treats from the trunks of their cars, and invite the children into the church hall for a Christian party.

Fact # 17- The Home Sewing Association released its “top Ten” list of costume ideas for 2001. They were:
1. Harry Potter variations
2. Witches
3. Rock Stars (a la Britney Spears or J. Lo)
4. Professional Sports Figures
5. Uniform of your own
6. Super Heroes and Action Figures
7. Historical Figures (Henry VIII, Cleopatra)
8. Vampy and Sultry (Thanks to the movie “Moulin Rouge”
9. Western Wear (Cowboys and Indians)
10. Animals

Fact #18- In the fall, Monarch butterflies return to Mexico and the shelter of it oyamel fir trees. The Aztecs believed these butterflies bear the spirits of their dead ancestors. This belief still lives on in many contemporary Mexicans. These are the souls that are being honored during “Los Dias de los Muertos”.

Fact #19- “Los Dias de los Muertos” is a happy celebration. Altars in homes are decorated with bread, candy, fruit, flowers, and candles. Skeletons and skulls are also central to the festivities. Sugar skulls are made and decorated in honor of a dead relative.

Fact #20- In England, in lieu of Halloween, they celebrate Guy Fawkes Night on November 5th. This is in memory of Guy Fawkes who attempted to blow up the House of Commons in London in 1605 CE. He died a gruesome death, imposed by the courts.

Fact #21- The colors of Orange and Black used to represent Halloween recall the orange bonfires against the black nighttime skies that the Druids would light in celebration of Samhain (pronounced sow-en).

Fact #22- Trick-or-treating became widespread in American in the 1940’s. Costumed children went house to house asking for small handouts, usually candy. In return, no tricks would be played.

Fact #23-Trick or treating grew popular between 1920 and 1950, probably finding its first practices in the wealthier areas of the East and slowly spreading to remote areas of the West and South. Reports of trick-or-treaters exist in Wellesley, Massachusetts, as early as the late 1920s, but not until the 40s in North Carolina, Florida and Texas. By the 1950s, every child in America had heard about the custom...The origins of Halloween trick or treating are very old indeed. An early American antecedent was Guy Fawkes Day. The celebration, popular in parts of the east during the 17th and 18th centuries, died out in most communities around the American Revolution. Thanksgiving, however, was being celebrating with some regularity at that time, and it became a Thanksgiving custom for children to dress up and beg from house to house on the last Thursday in November. At first, the poorer children would dress in cast-off ragged clothes and beg "something for Thanksgiving" from their wealthier neighbors. Soon all kinds of children got involved, and the custom grew more popular and costumes more elaborate. The Thanksgiving masquerade existed as late as the 1930s, then suddenly vanished, and Halloween costumes and parades began to gain national popularity...As for begging, the notion of receiving gifts of candy on Halloween owed something to the public parties of the previous decades."

Fact #24- There is an old Irish tradition involving an Ivy Leaf. Each member of the family places a perfect ivy leaf into a cup of water and it is left alone overnight. If, in the morning, a leaf is still perfect and has not developed any spots, then the person who placed the leaf in the cup can be sure of 12 months of health until the following Halloween. If not…

Fact #25- The Celts celebrated Samhain (pronounced sow-en). The Romans invaded Britain in the first century and they brought a festival known as Pomona Day. Many years later, the Christians would have their own festival for honoring the dead. The Halloween we celebrate today includes all the influences: Pomona’s apples nuts and harvest, Samhain’s black cats magic evil spirits and death, and ghosts skeletons and skulls from the Christians.

Fact #26- Halloween is second only to Christmas in spending. Consumers spend approximately over $2.5 Billion during Halloween. And we already know that approximately $21 million of it goes to candy.

Fact #27- Growing big pumpkins is a big time hobby, and a serious one. Top prize money for the biggest giant pumpkin is as much as $25,000 at fall festivals. The current world record for largest pumpkin is 1446 pounds.

Fact #28- Back in the day, Celtic priestesses traveled about the country chanting to frighten away the evil spirits which were thought to be free to roam the Earth only once a year on Halloween night. It’s believed this is the origin of the Halloween parade.

Fact #29- Some say trick-or-treating had it’s origins in the practice of “souling”. On November 2nd, All Souls Day, early Christians would walk from village to village begging for “soul cakes”, square pieces of bread with currants. The more soul cakes the beggars would receive, the more prayers they promised to say on behalf of the dead relatives of the donors. At that time, in the early ninth century, it was believed that the dead remained in limbo for a time after death and that prayer, even by strangers, could expedite a soul’s passage to Heaven.

Fact #30- Rumors circulated a few years ago that some evil people were distributing adulterated food to children: poison mixed with candy, razor blades and pins in apples. Although these rumors have been shown to be hoaxes, the fear persists. Many adults now only give out pre-packaged food and many parents still check their children’s hauls and throw away the foods that may have been tampered with. Check out: www.snopes.com/horrors/poison/hallowee.html

Fact #31- Many people used to believe that owls swooped down to eat the souls of the dying. If they heard an owl hooting, they would become frightened. A common remedy was thought to be turning your pockets inside out and you would be safe.

Fact #32- ‘The Dumb Supper” was brought to American by the Africans. This is an eerie Hallowmas meal- where nobody is allowed to speak, not even whisper. It encourages spirits to come to the table.

Hobbes1025 47M

1/14/2006 11:22 pm

Fact #32- ‘The Dumb Supper” was brought to American by the Africans. This is an eerie Hallowmas meal- where nobody is allowed to speak, not even whisper. It encourages spirits to come to the table.
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which could probably explain gas from those who would speak during dinner.

DTduzDallas 51F

1/16/2006 3:33 am

lmao...I didn't think you'd really do it! **hugs**

DTduzDallas 51F

1/16/2006 3:34 am

Got anything Christmas related? **ducks**

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