25 Things You Didn’t Know About Halloween

Posted by , Updated on May 10, 2014

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Every October 31st people all over the world (or at least in most parts of Europe, North America, and Latin America) celebrate the ancient holiday of Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve. Although today it features costumes, trick-or-treating, and ghost stories it wasn’t always that way. Read on to find out 25 things you didn’t know about Halloween.

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Festival of the Hungry Ghosts

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In Hong Kong Halloween celebrations are known as Yue Lan or “Festival of the Hungry Ghosts”. During the festivities fires are lit and food is offered to angry spirits seeking revenge.

9

Not So Scary

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Although Halloween today is considered a relatively scary ordeal, in the past this wasn’t the case. The ghosts that were celebrated during Samhain were actually the spirits of loved ones. The main reason fear became such a factor was because people believed that on October 31st the lines between this world and spirit world became blurred and if spirits could come here it meant that people could be transported there.

8

Trick-or-Treat

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The first incidence of the phrase “trick-or-treating” in print appeared in a Chicago newspaper in 1927.

7

That’s So Gross

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After Christmas, Halloween is the highest grossing holiday of the year

6

An Unwelcome Influence

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In many countries it is seen as an unwelcome, excessively commercialized American influence.

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