Halloween: “Sweet” Holiday Has a Spooky, Ancient History



Timeline of Halloween shows long and strange history of October holiday.

Every year the U.S. 600 million pounds of candy is sold, and 90 million chocolate candies, stated  blog.chegg.com.  Americans spend about 1.9 billion dollars on Halloween candy each year, reported the website. While BYMS students are busily preparing their costumes, many  may not know the ancient and strange  history of Halloween.

Halloween is short for All Hallows’ Eve. On the 31st of October people commonly trick-or-treat, have costume parties, or visit haunted houses. This holiday was brought to North America by the Irish and Scottish in 19th century, according to halloweenhistory.org.

The history of Halloween has been traced back 2000 years to the Celts of Europe, according to answersingenesis.org and history.com. The historians think Halloween was based on a festival called “Samhain” to celebrate the dead. The Celts never left any data of this festival, but the Romans who conquered them had festivals copying them called “Feralia” and “Pomona”, reported answersingenesis.org.

Many children go Trick-or-treating with their parents for Halloween. The tradition of going door to door Trick-or-treating is from the Middle Ages, where poor people would practice “souling”, or going door to door asking for food in exchange for prayers for the dead on November 2nd for All Souls Day, stated halloweenhistory.org.

It is not an accident that Halloween seems to occur at the same time as “Daylight Savings Time” which rolls back the clock one hour to add more light in the evening.

Candy makers are reported to have  lobbied congress to extend daylight savings time into the beginning of November to get an extra hour of daylight so children could collect even more candy, according to NPR. As a consequence of this change, more candy would be sold to keep up with the increased demand one hour would bring in most parts of the nation.

They wanted it so badly that during the 1985 hearings on Daylight Savings they put candy pumpkins on the seat of every senator, according to NPR. (The candy industry disputes this account, according to The New York Times.)

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