For most of us, as kids, Halloween was our favorite time of the year. It was a time for dressing up in our favorite costumes and collecting as much candy as humanly possible. And for our parents Halloween meant walking with us to our door to door adventure and paying the dentist bills that followed after all the candy consumption. Today Halloween is the second largest commercial holiday, trailing behind Christmas only as a money maker, can you believe that over 5.77 billion is spent on this holiday with only 2 billion is spent on candy wow!
I wonder how many people know how this night of celebration and superstition came to be.?
In America, Halloween was first celebrated in the mid-Atlantic and southern colonies, where the first celebrations included “play parties,” public events held to celebrate the harvest, where neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other’s fortunes, dance, and sing. In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers than about ghosts, pranks, and witchcraft. At the turn of the century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day. Parties focused on games, foods of the season, and festive costumes. By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a secular, but community-centered holiday, with parades and town-wide parties as the featured entertainment. Between 1920 and 1950, the centuries-old practice of trick-or-treating was also revived. Trick-or-treating was a relatively inexpensive way for an entire community to share the Halloween celebration. In theory, families could also prevent tricks being played on them by providing the neighborhood children with small treats.
This holiday has some interesting facts and there is allot of information on the internet.
So everyone have a great Halloween night !
some of the information provided in this blog was courtesy of http://thrivedetroit.net/halloween