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The Top 5 Spookiest Things About Halloween
Halloween, also known as All Hallow's Eve or All Saints' Eve, is an annual holiday that is observed on October 31st. Halloween is the evening before the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day or All Saints' Day. All Hallow's Day or All Saints' Day is celebrated on November 1st of each year, followed by All Soul's Day on November 2nd. All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day are holidays that are dedicated to the time in the liturgical year, which is purely celebrated to remember the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.The celebrations for Halloween began in ancient, pre-Christian times as a Celtic ceremony for the dead. The sacred festival was called Samhain and marked the evening before the next season and the beginning of a new year in the Celtic calendar. During this time period, November 1 was the beginning of the cold season, which was a time of hardship. The year was divided up based on four holidays during this era, as opposed to four seasons, but each division was still affiliated with a season. For this holiday, the season was winter. Halloween is thought to have originated around 4000 B.C., which means Halloween has been around for over 6,000 years. This holiday has a misrepresentation of its' rich and multicultural history.
Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween. Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday, right after Christmas. Halloween is not, as some would call it, a celebration of the Devil or of Hell or of the Damned, but rather a blending of the celebrations from different cultures that marks the end of the growing season, an introduction to the coming of the winter months, and folk traditions that told of the day when the transparent veil between the living and the dead would lift, so that ghosts and ghouls would walk among the living. The traditional focus of All Hallow's Eve or All Saints' Eve revolves around the theme of using humor and ridicule to confront the power of death. There are Celtic, Roman, Christian, and Catholic influences within the holiday, then it spread to North America.
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Modern Halloween Traditions
Costumes are a Halloween tradition that has been around for a long time and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Halloween costumes can range from scary to cute, and even sexy. There are costumes that are based on movies, people, cartoons, and also inanimate objects.
Trick-or-treating involves going door to door, dressed in a costume, and knocking while shouting "trick-or-treat!" in order to receive treats such as candy or apples. Trick-or-treating has evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets.
Jack-o'-lanterns are traditionally carried by trick-or-treaters on Halloween in order to frighten any evil spirits. There is a popular Irish Christian folktale that is associated with the jack-o'-lantern, which is said to represent a 'soul who has been denied entry into both heaven and hell.' A jack-o'-lantern is also the same as "carving a pumpkin." The first jack-o'-lanterns were hollowed turnips.
Halloween parties are usually for the entertainment of adults who are too old to go trick-or-treating. Adults attend the party usually are dressed in a costume and enjoy the food, drinks, candy, and games while socializing with other adults.
Decorating is a fun Halloween tradition that many people spend much money on. Halloween decorations such as a jack-o'-lanterns, lights, sounds/music, and lawn decorations make this holiday extra spooky. Decorations for Halloween can range from large to small, but usually involve ghosts, ghouls, black cats, pumpkins, or witches.
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The Top 5 Spookiest Things About Halloween
There are many different things about Halloween that make it so spooky. The different traditions and inclusions allow for a very diverse holiday with a variety of options. I chose the top five spookiest things about Halloween because I wanted to get down to the root of Halloween, like why is it so spooky and what are some people afraid of when it comes to celebrating this particular holiday. There are things that I didn't know about Halloween until I did this hub and I am glad I did, plus the topic is fun since this holiday is one that is widely debated. Please leave comments about this hub and tell me what you think the most spookiest thing about Halloween to you is. Enjoy and have a happy Halloween!
1. Halloween is Centered Around Death.
As mentioned above, Halloween is also known as All Saints' Eve. This is a festive holiday celebration to remember the dead. The color black is associated with Halloween, which represents death. Some people celebrate Halloween by attending worship services, praying, and fasting. Halloween isn't about death and dying, but about remembering those who have passed away in a positive way. Many teenagers hang out in graveyards during this holiday, but mainly just to be spooky. Owls are included in the Halloween decorations because it has been said that owls are linked with death and are symbols of magic. Skeletons and mummies are also included in Halloween décor because they too are associated with death. Halloween is centered around death, but not in a bad way. It is more like a fun and exciting kind of way.
2. Halloween Changed Time.
In 2007, daylight savings time was changed from the last week of October to the first week of November. The decision was put into action by Congress as part of the Energy Policy Act, which is a bill that was presented as a way to conserve energy, giving everyone an extra hour of daylight in the afternoons. The fact is that every study conducted on saving energy this way suggested that the change would have absolutely no benefit, and might even result in more energy consumption. The real reason that daylight savings time had changed was because of candy companies wanting to accompany the Halloween holiday. The candy companies made Halloween an extra hour longer. Candy companies make over $2 billion each year from the sales of candy, so extending the time for passing out Halloween candy would increase their profits even more because people would need to purchase larger amounts of candy.
3. If You See a Spider on Halloween Night, It Is Spirit of a Dead Loved One.
This is an old folktale and also a Halloween superstition. It is said that if you see a spider on Halloween night, it is the spirit of a loved one who has passed away that is watching you. No one will ever know if this is true, but it is fun to think about. I wonder if the spider will follow you...
4. Halloween Candles Are Spooky.
Candles on Halloween are very spooky and superstitious. Halloween was known as “Lating night” in England, where it was customary for white candles to be lit just prior to the midnight hour. There are certain things to follow and remember when lighting candles on Halloween. First of all, only new black and orange candles should be lit on Halloween for the best of luck. Lighting a new orange candle at midnight on Halloween and letting it burn until sunrise the next morning is said to bring very good luck. Halloween candles are only to be used during Halloween, otherwise bad luck and strange things can occur. Placing a lit candle into a jack-o'-lantern is said to keep evil spirits and demons away. It is believed that gazing into the flame of a candle will momentarily allow a person to see into their future. If a candle goes out suddenly, it is said that a ghost is nearby. It is an omen of bad luck for a person to accidentally spill candle wax, or burns themselves by wax or flame on Halloween.
5. Haunted Houses Are Increased.
Halloween is a time for haunted houses to be created. This is a location that is elaborately decorated with people playing roles, such as a crazy doctor or a dead person. People walk through the haunted house, to look at the decorations and scenes but also to be chased and scared. The spooky thing about this is that haunted houses really do exist all year long. Houses can contain spirits or demons. Strange occurrences and sounds can happen in real life, usually because someone has passed away in the house. Residual hauntings can occur when something tragic has happened. It's like a movie that just keeps replaying the same scene. The White House is the most haunted house in the country because of past presidents and employees. Some of the most famous spirits that can be found at the white house are:
- President Harrison is in the attic.
- President Abraham Lincoln is seen gambling downstairs, looking out windows, and visiting the Lincoln bedroom.
- First Lady Abigail Adams is seen carrying something.
- President Andrew Jackson is in the Rose bedroom.
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Halloween is Awesome
Halloween may seem like it is about nothing but death and scary things, but Halloween is really a day of remembering people that have passed away. Dressing up in a costume, trick-or-treating, and parties are all elements of a fun Halloween holiday. Extreme caution should always be used while trick-or-treating because there are more auto accidents involving pedestrians during Halloween. Flashlights and reflectors are always good tools to use while collecting candy on Halloween. Also, be sure to check all candy and treats before consuming them or giving them to children. There have been numerous incidents with candy and goodies being contaminated with drugs or other harmful chemicals then children consuming them. Always go trick-or-treating with a group and always stay with that group. Have a safe and happy Halloween that is filled with spookiness and lots of candy.
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