History Of Halloween

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  • 36.1 million: number of estimated trick-or-treaters this year111.4 million: number of occupied housing units in the US, where you can drop by for candy1.1 billion pounds: pounds of pumpkin that was produced this year for Halloween1,233: number of candy factories in the US23.8 pounds: per capita candy consumption of a US household per yearSource: US Census Bureau
  • History Of Halloween

    1. 1. The History of Halloween<br />
    2. 2. The Origin of Halloween<br />The origins of Halloween date back 2,000 years to an ancient festival of Samhain;<br />The Celts who lived in Northwestern Europe, celebrated their new year on November 01;<br />The festival marked the end of summer and the beginning of the cold, dark winter… at time often marked by death;<br />During Samhain it was said that the dead could return to the Earth;<br />People wore costumes to protect their identities from the spirits that returned…<br />
    3. 3. Fun Fact:<br />Americans spend an estimated $6.9 billion on Halloween, making it the second largest commercial holiday.<br />
    4. 4. The Origin of Halloween<br />The Celts would light huge fires where they would sacrifice animals and burn crops for the spirits;<br />The next day, all that was left were ash and bones… “bone” fires, or bonfires;<br />They would make the sacrifices to Samana, their Lord of the Dead… Samana used to carry a sickle, our…<br />
    5. 5. The Origin of Halloween<br />As the influence of Christianity spread into Celtic lands, the Pope created All Saints Day, to replace Samhain;<br />The night before All Saints Day was known as All Hallows Eve…<br />
    6. 6. The Origin of Halloween<br />Trick-or-treating takes place in early Europe;<br />Poor people would go around asking for handouts, and in return they would pray for the givers family;<br />Later the practice will be picked up by children who will go door-to-door and receive treats;<br />Parents were encourages by their communities to take anything grotesque about death or religion out of the Halloween celebration…<br />
    7. 7. Fun Fact:<br />A cup of candy corn has fewer calories than a cup of raisins.<br />
    8. 8. Jack O’ Lantern<br />Before you can understand why we carve Jack O’ Lanterns, you need to hear the story of Jack...<br />The Irish used turnips as their “Jack’s Lanterns”, until they come to the US and find that pumpkins are more plentiful and efficient…<br />
    9. 9. Fun Fact: <br />Phasmophobia is the fear of ghosts.<br />
    10. 10. Dracula<br />His real name was Vladimir Dracul;<br />It was believed that he had an allergy to blood and when exposed to it would go crazy;<br />More to the story…<br />
    11. 11. Fun Fact: <br />On Halloween, if an unmarried girl carries a broken egg in a glass and takes it to spring she can see a glimpse of her future husband, and if she puts spring water in the glass, she can also see her children.<br />
    12. 12. Bobbing for Apples<br />Bobbing for apples has its root when the apple symbolized love and fertility;<br />The first person in the group that bobs and apple will be the first to marry;<br />A woman could also stand looking into a mirror in a darkened room with a candle and look over her shoulder to see the face of her future husband…<br />
    13. 13. Fun Fact:<br />On 19 February, 2008, New Yorker, Ashrita Furman, bobbed 33 apples in one minute to establish a world record.<br />
    14. 14. Black Cats<br />Staying away from the path of a black cat dates back to the Middle Ages;<br />It was believed that witches, to avoid detection, would turn themselves into black cats;<br />Just as walking under a ladder is bad luck, this most likely comes from the Egyptian tradition that the triangle was sacred…<br />
    15. 15. Halloween by the Numbers<br />36.1 million<br />111.4 million<br />1.1 billion pounds<br />1,233<br />23.8 pounds<br />Source: US Census Bureau<br />Some places to spend Halloween:<br />Transylvania County, NC<br /> Tombstone, AZ<br /> Pumpkin Center, NC<br /> Cape Fear, NC<br /> Skull Creek, NE<br />

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