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Why We Celebrate Halloween – Fun Facts

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We are aware that outside of the United States, Halloween may not be as popular. Fortunately, the festivities and autumnal fun are beginning to take root in other regions. We’ve had dozens of shipments containing Halloween costumes go out to China this week. Our friends in the UK and Australia are also starting to request more Halloween items as the holiday continues to grow in popularity there.

In honor of our foreign friends who may not be as familiar with this traditional American holiday, here are some fun facts about why we in America celebrate Halloween.

1. First of all, did you know the word “Halloween” is a contraction of the phrase “All Hallows Evening?” …Neither did we. Yea…it’s fine.

2. Despite it’s spooky and ghostly traditions, Hallow’s Eve originated as a Christianized feast dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), and all faithful departed believers.

3. Trick-or-Treating is a custom where children go door-to-door asking for a treat (candy). This act is derived from the custom in modern Ireland of people “guising” or going house to house in costume reciting songs in exchange for food.

4. Carving pumpkins, or “jack-o-lanterns” started with people carving turnips and hollowing them out to act as lanterns displaying faces meant to represent spirits or goblins. These were meant to frighten evil spirits.

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Many fun, modern Halloween traditions include games, dressing up in costumes, watching scary movies, pulling pranks, trick-or-treating, and going to spooky, fun parties or locations.