With Halloween just around the corner, here are 5 spine-tingling facts about the year’s spookiest holiday to get you in the mood!
1. The word “Pumpkin” has fairy tale origins
Pumpkins were discovered by a French explorer named Jacques Cartier and first named “gros melons”. It was through the translation of the story “Cendrillon ou la petite pantoufle de verre” written by Charles Perrauly in 1697, that the word “pompions” came into the British language to describe the orange vegetable and this then evolved into the word pumpkin. “Cendrillon ou la petite pantoufle de verre” is more commonly known as Cinderella.
2. Halloween has some strange traditions!
According to a tradition which is thought to have originated around 4000 B.C., if a person wears their clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween, they will see a witch at midnight. And theories around the origins of trick-or-treating state that Celtic people would leave food outside to pacify the spirits they believed came to earth on that evening
3. Bobbing for apples was originally a fortune-telling game.
H. Davenport Adams, a 19th century English writer and journalist, drew a connection between apples and Celtic lore and described the bobbing game in his book Curiosities of Superstition:
“[The apples] are thrown into a tub of water, and you endeavour to catch one in your mouth as they bob round and round in provoking fashion. When you have caught one, you peel it carefully, and pass the long strip of peel thrice, sunwise , round your head; after which you throw it over your shoulder, and it falls to the ground in the shape of the initial letter of your true love’s name.”
4. The original carving vegetables were turnips and carrots
A traditional Celtic story involving a bad spirit led the Irish and Scottish people to carve faces into native vegetables to frighten him away. When immigrants bought the tradition to America, the native vegetable was a pumpkin, and has since become the favourite.
5. Dressing up was originally a way to hide from ghosts
Much like leaving food out to sate the spirits, dressing up in a costume was originally seen as a way to hide from the souls which walked the earth on Halloween! The tradition is said to have originated at a Celtic festival which was held on 31st October to celebrate the beginning of winter.
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