Sunday, October 14, 2012

The History of Halloween PART 2

Welcome to PART 2 of my History of Halloween. I'm just going to jump right into the rest of the post so enjoy!
Trick-or-Treating also known as guising didn't really take effect until the 1930's. The word trick-or-treating didn't make appearance until 1934, the first use of the term in publication didn't appear until 1939. The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats dates back to the Middle Ages and includes Christmas wassailing (caroling). Trick-or-Treating resembles the late medieval practice of souling, the poor would go door to door on Hallowmas (Nov. 1) receiving food in the return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day (Nov. 2). Shakespeare mentions this practice in hi comedy The Two Gentlmen of Verona in 1593.
One thing that most people have done at least once is play a Halloween game. Most of the games played on Halloween in the past were divination games. One game that was part of Scottish Tradition was an apple game that was said to tell the single ladies future spouse. This is how you play the apple divination game, the lady must carve an apple in one long strip then toss the peel over her shoulder. It was said that the peel of hte apple will land in the shape of the letter of the future spouses name.
There was also another game that played by single ladies. People said that if the lady sat in a darkened room in front of a mirror on Halloween night they would see their future spouse looking back at them. If the lady was meant to die before marriage she would instead see a skull in the place of the spouse.
I am going to be finishing this post up with some things you probably don't know about Halloween

1. Though food tampering has happened in the past it is very rare for this to happen so parents can lighten up a bit!
2. Most believe that Samhain begins Halloween night when in doesn't actually start until November 1.
3. It is said that the Celt's would wear costumes on Halloween night to trick the evil spirits that would come to our world with the good spirits.
4.Another tradition was to leave food and drink outside the front door for the roaming spirits.
5. The romans celebrated a holiday at the end of October called Feralia.
6. With the coming of Christianity the early Church of England tried to Christianize the Celtic holidays.
7. An American historian named Ruth Edna Kelley wrote the first book about the history of Halloween in the US titled The Book of Hallowe'en in 1919.
I am going to finish up this post with some Important links and I hope that everyone learned at least one thing new about this subject. Thank You for reading!

    History of Halloween from an unknown channel

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