What’s scarier than a poor website design? HALLOWEEN! – and tonight’s the night for ghouls and goblins to roam the night and collect treats or dish out their tricks.

Fun, costumes, tricks, treats, superstitions and spooks are all a part of the Halloween tradition, but where did this late-fall celebration come from? According to the History Channel:

In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

The actual origins of what is now commonly know as Halloween date back over 2000 years to the Celtic festival of Samhain. It’s kind of strange that a festival that involved sacrifices and angels and devils slowly evolved into the tradition it is today filled with kids in costumes and candy. Lots of candy. In fact 1/4 of the candy sold annually in the U.S. is for Halloween treats! And would you believe we Americans spend $2.08 billion on Halloween candy?

So be careful out there – stay safe and HAVE FUN!

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

Photo by Powerhouse Museum Collection

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