What you just might not know about Halloween. Or maybe you do?

by Lynn McMillen
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black catTHE SHOALS-What you just might not know about Halloween.  Or maybe you do?   Everyone knows about the term “All Hallow’s Eve”- “Halloween” is short for “Hallows’ Eve” or “Hallows’ Evening,” which was the evening before All Hallows’ (sanctified or holy) Day or Hallowmas on November 1. In an effort to convert pagans, the Christian church decided that Hallowmas or All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2) should assimilate sacred pagan holidays that fell on or around October 31.



But did you know………..

movie halloween Because the movie Halloween(1978) was on such a tight budget, they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Meyers, which turned out to be a William Shatner Star Trek mask. Shatner initially didn’t know the mask was in his likeness, but when he found out years later, he said he was honored.






Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.






orange and blackOrange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.






Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the Roman Harvest Festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.








trick or treatTrick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year






Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.







dancing Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.





Signs of a werewolf are a unibrow, hair palms, tattoos, and a long middle finger.








spider If you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved on watching over you.








The Ouija Board ended up outselling the game of Monopoly in its first full year at Salem. Over two million copies of the Ouija Board were shipped.

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