Article provided by Linda Carleton, October 30, 2017
At Mainspring Wealth Advisors, one of our core values is “Fun”. We believe that we make the biggest impact on the lives of our fellow associates as well as our clients when we include fun in our daily lives.
In that spirit (hmmm), we thought you might enjoy these fun and historical facts about the Halloween holiday.
Halloween can be traced back about 2,000 years to a pre-Christian Celtic festival held around Nov. 1 called Samhain (pronounced "sah-win"), thought to have been a time of communing with the dead. The fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia.
- The name "Halloween" comes from the Catholics.
It is the evolution of "All Hallow's Eve" which evolved into "All Hallow's Even" and, by the 18th century, was commonly referred to as "Hallowe'en."
- Dressing up on Halloween comes from the Celts.
Celts believed Samhain was a time when the wall between our world and the paranormal world was porous and spirits could get through. Because of this belief, it was common for the Celts to wear costumes and masks during the festival to ward off or befuddle any evil spirits.
- A full moon on Halloween is extremely rare.
Despite common images in movies and decorations, the next full moon on Halloween won't occur until 2020. The most recent Halloween full moon was back in 2001, and before that it was in 1955.
- Trick-or-treating has been around for a long time.
Versions of trick-or-treating have existed since medieval times, then known as "guising" or “souling,”where children and poor adults went around in costumes begging for food and money in exchange for songs or prayers.
- Candy Corn was originally known as "chicken feed."
Invented by candy maker George Renninger in the 1880s, candy corn was originally called "butter cream candies" and "chicken feed" since corn was commonly used as food for livestock. It had no association with Halloween or fall, and was sold seasonally from March to November. After World War II, advertisers began marketing it as a special Halloween treat due to its colors and ties to the fall harvest.
- Halloween and the candy industry supposedly influenced Daylight Savings Time.
Candy makers reportedly lobbied to extend daylight savings time into the beginning of November to get an extra hour of daylight so children could collect (and they could sell) even more candy. It is rumored that they wanted it so badly that during the 1985 hearings on Daylight Savings they put candy pumpkins on the seat of every senator.
- There's a $1,000 fine for using or selling Silly String in Hollywood on Halloween.
The prank product has been banned in Hollywood (from 12:01 AM on October 31st to 12 PM on November 1st) since 2004 after thousands of bored people would buy it on the streets of Hollywood from illegal vendors and "vandalize" the streets.
- Halloween is the second-most commercial American holiday of the year.
The candy industry in America rakes in an average of $2 billion annually thanks to Halloween (that's 90 million pounds of chocolate), and Americans spend an estimated $6 billion on Halloween annually (candy, costumes and decorations). The most commercial holiday in the U.S. is obviously Christmas.
Sources: LiveScience.com, Benjamin Radford, 9/18/17; BusinessInsider.com, Megan Willett, 10/24/13.
Any opinions are those of Linda Carleton, Client Services Support, and not necessarily those of RJFS or Raymond James. The information has been obtained from sources considered to be reliable, but we do not guarantee that the foregoing material is accurate or complete.