The Origin of Halloween

Many people don’t know the story behind Halloween. Many people just think its a day where you go trick or treating and get candy and call it a day. Well, you are right and wrong. You do go house to house collecting candy but there is also a story behind it.

Halloween origin goes all the way back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Samhain believes to have happened on November 1st a day where is marked the end of summer and the harvest. On October 31st the Celtics celebrated Samhain in which they thought that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

Trick-or-Treat came from the Irish and English traditions where Americans started to dress up in costumes going door to door asking for candy. In the late 1800s, there was a request for Halloween to be a holiday.

They say that black cats mean bad luck just like Friday the 13th. The black cat was mostly used by boys as a way or the idea of sabotage. Also in Medieval France and Spain, black cats were considered bad luck and put a curse to any human that came near the cat it is also associated with witchcraft.

Did you know that George Renninger, a candymaker at the Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia was the one that invented the tricolor candy in the 1880s? The Goelitz Confectionery Company brought the candy to the masses at the turn of the 20th century. The company, now called Jelly Belly Candy Co. and it has the longest history in the industry of making candy corn (Better Homes Garden).

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