Have you ever heard that Halloween is the second most commercially successful holiday after Christmas?
The tradition of celebrating in America started during the 1800's, the end of the harvest season. At the end of October Halloween was celebrated by wearing costumes, eating sweets and playing practical jokes on one another.
The tradition of wearing masks on Halloween comes from Welsh and Celtic traditions that claim the dead visit the living on October 31st.
86% of Americans decorate their homes in celebration of Halloween. The correct spelling of Halloween is actually Hallowe'en. It has several different names:
- All Hallows Eve - Samhain
- All Hallowtide - the feast of the dead
- Haloween - All Saints Eve
- El Dia de los Muertos - Day of the dead
The traditional Halloween colors are orange - represents the fall harvest and black - represents the darkness.
Black cats get a bad rap on Halloween because they were once believed to be witch's subordinates who protected their master's dark power.
In England, it's just the opposite, white cats are believed to be bad luck.
If you see a spider on Halloween, it is said to be a spirit of a loved one watching over you.
The first Jack O'Lanterns were actually made from turnips. According to Irish legend, Jack O'Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. He was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths.
About 99% of all pumpkins sold are used as Jack O'Lanterns for Halloween.
Around 35 million children, in the U.S., between 5 and 13 years old go trick or treating every year, which is around 90% of all children in that age group.
Around 50% of adults in the U.S. will dress up for Halloween and about 67% will attend a Halloween party or go trick or treating with their children.
Most popular Halloween costumes:
adults: witch, vampire, Star Wars, superhero, cats etc
children: batman, princess, spider man, superman,
Now let's check the most popular dinning table decorations. Have fuuuuuun!))