Have you ever wondered what is the meaning hidden behind Halloween? Smartsave has put together some interesting facts to shed light on this creepy holiday.
1. The correct spelling of “Halloween” is “Hallow E’en” as they call it in Ireland, meaning ‘All Hallows Eve’, or the night before the ‘All Hallows’, observed on November 1.
2. Halloween (also known as Samhain, Summer’s End, All Hallow’s Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool, and Snap-Apple, All Hallowtide, The feast of the Dead, Haloween, El Dia de los Muertos)
3. Jack O’Lanterns originated in Ireland as hollowed out turnips with lumps of coal or candles placed in them to keep away evil spirits on the Samhain holiday.
4. Orange and Black are the traditional Halloween colour – Orange represents the autumn harvest, and Black represents the darkness and death.
5. About 99% of all pumpkins sold are used as Jack O’Lanterns for Halloween
6. On Samhuin and New Years Eve, groups of guisers performed plays in homes they visited. They were rewarded with treats of food. Adults performed traditional plays while children were only expected to recite a short rhyme.
7. Black cats were once believed to aid witches and were believed to carry the powers of the witch for casting spells.
8. Chocolate makes up more than 75% of the trick or treaters loot!
9. If you see a spider on Halloween a dead loved one is watching over you.
10. The next Halloween full moon will be on October 31, 2020.