Come October, carving pumpkins, running through corn mazes and eating lots of candy are all traditions that everyone is familiar with. However, we thought we would look at some other Halloween and autumn traditions and how they got their start, as well as some Fun Facts about the season.
Orange and Black. This striking color combination was established because orange is symbolic of fall and black represents darkness and death.
Halloween. It first came to North America via immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
Masks & Costumes. Thank the ancient Celts who literally thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human. Clever!
Trick or Treating. The custom of trick or treating evolved in Ireland centuries ago. In preparation for All Hollow’s Eve, the poor would call upon the rich folks and request money, gifts and food. The food was gathered for a huge feast and celebration.
Bobbing for Apples. Believed to have originated from the Roman Harvest Festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
Halloween = Big Money. It’s the second most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
Halloween Candy. Sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
Chocolate Candy Bars. The most popular candy among trick-or-treaters with Snickers at Number 1.
Tootsie Rolls. The very first wrapped penny candy in America.
Pumpkins. Not just orange, they also come in white, blue and green.
Jack o’ Lanterns. Concept originated from Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips – not pumpkins – to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
Black Cats. Once believed to be witch’s familiars (animal-shaped spirit or minor demon believed to serve a witch or magician as domestic servant, spy and companion, in addition to helping to bewitch enemies or to divine information.)
Samhainopobia. Defined as the fear of Halloween.
Come in to check out our incredible Fall Offerings that will get you in the spirit, as well as some special surprises just for the young and young at heart! From all of us here at Alpine, we wish you a wonderful October and Halloween. Taste the Chocolate and Pumpkin! Taste the Love!