Trick or treat! Did you know that one quarter of the candy sold in the United States each year is purchased for Halloween? That’s a lot of candy. Certainly, there is much more to this fun holiday than we typically think of.
Centuries ago in what is now known as Ireland, the UK, and northern France, the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain was celebrated. People lit bonfires and wore costumes to ward off ghosts, and this tradition eventually became what we call Halloween. Undoubtedly, the holiday has evolved throughout time, meshing all sorts of different beliefs and customs. Celebrations of the harvest, fortune-telling, ghost-stories, and mischief-making of all kinds became popular. Americans dressed in costumes, going house to house asking for food or money, which borrows Irish and English traditions. This eventually became the practice of “trick-or-treating” that so many kids enjoy today.
For many, Halloween is the chance to dress up as your favorite superhero, don that crazy outfit you wouldn’t normally wear, or paint your face with vibrant makeup. For others, Halloween is an opportunity to get a good fright at a haunted house, carve jack-o-lanterns, and indulge in another sweet treat. With parades, parties, and an entire season dedicated to this spooky holiday, there is no shortage of Halloween fun. Summerfuel wishes a Happy Halloween to all those that are celebrating!