Halloween II

(Collector's Edition) (1981) Jamie Lee Curtis

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Halloween

(Two-Disc Special Edition) (2007) Malcolm McDowell

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Double Pack (Scared Shrekless / Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space)

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History of Halloween

The Haunted History of Halloween (History Channel) (A&E DVD Archives) (2005)

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Return to Halloweentown

(Ultimate Secret Edition) (2006) Sara Paxton

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The Day After Halloween

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SpongeBob SquarePants

Halloween (1999) Tom Kenny

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Halloween III

Season of the Witch (1982) Tom Atkins

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Playhouse Disney Halloween

(Just Say Boo/A Spookie Ookie Halloween) (1998) Cole Caplan

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Halloween

25 Years of Terror (2006) John Ottman

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What are 5 facts bout the history and traditional beliefs of Halloween.?

Also, how is halloween celebrated differently today than it was historically. 10 points to the winner!!!

5 Responses to What are 5 facts bout the history and traditional beliefs of Halloween.?

  • Questioner says:

    1) Halloween is largely a recycled pagan celebration. The Encarta Encyclopedia says, "According to the Celtic pagan religion, known as Druidism, the spirits of those who had died in the preceding year roamed the earth on Samhain evening. The Celts sought to ward off these spirits with offerings of food and drink. The Celts also built bonfires at sacred hilltop sites and performed rituals, often involving human and animal sacrifices, to honor Druid deities.” The ancient Celtic culture believed that on the evening of October 31, the barriers between the human and supernatural realms were weakened, and it was thought to be the most favorable time for divinations and fortune telling (for the Druids to make predictions about the future). I read that during the celebration, they wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and this seems to be where the tradition of dressing up for Halloween came from. By A.D. 43, the Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. The Romans then blended local Samhain customs with their own pagan harvest festival honoring Pomona, goddess of fruit trees. Some scholars have suggested that the game of bobbing for apples derives from this. Some believe bobbing for apples was originally a form of divination (fortune telling) to learn of future marriages—the first person to bite an apple was predicted to be the first to marry in the coming year.

    2) Then the Catholic church got a hold of the holiday. As the Encarta Encyclopedia further says: “The Roman Catholic Church often incorporated modified versions of older religious traditions in order to win converts. For example, Pope Gregory IV sought to replace Samhain with All Saints’ Day in 835. All Souls’ Day, closer in spirit to Samhain and modern Halloween, was first instituted at a French monastery in 998 and quickly spread throughout Europe.” And so, in an attempt to Christianize this pagan event with a church-sanctioned holiday, they moved the old Christian feast of All Saints’ Day (a day commemorating all the “saints” of the church) from May 13 to November 1. And November 2 was later made All Soul’s Day (a day to commemorate all the departed who are thought to be in purgatory). And so October 31 was set aside as a holy evening, known as All Hallows Eve (“hallows” speaking of the holy ones or saints—the evening before All Saints’ Day), which then became “Halloween.” And churches began staging pageants in which people dressed up as saints or demons—which seems to have added to the dressing up tradition.

    3) Trick-or-treating most likely dates back to early All Souls’ Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor people would beg for food. Families would then give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives. Children eventually took on this tradition, known as “going-a-souling” or “souling” and they would visit houses in their neighborhood for drinks, food, and money (a practice mentioned in Shakespear’s writings).

    4) People have been making jack o’ lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish folktale about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” He was not allowed into either heaven or hell because of his trickery. So, according to the story, the devil gave Jack a glowing piece of coal placed inside a hollowed-out turnip to light his way at night as he roamed the face of the earth. He was later called “Jack of the Lantern” which was shortened to “Jack o’ Lantern.” So, in Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into large turnips and placing them in windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits. Immigrants from these countries brought the jack o’lantern tradition with them when they came to the United States, and they soon found that pumpkins made much better jack o’lanterns than large turnips.

    5) The modern observances of Halloween in America are probably more recent than you might expect. It was pretty much rejected at first, but the holiday had a rebirth in America between the late 19th and early 20th centuries because of the influx of Irish immigrants (many fleeing Ireland’s potato famine) who came over and helped popularize Halloween traditions. They brought with them traditions that combined features of the Celtic and Christian holidays. But as belief in many of the old superstitions waned during the late 19th century, Halloween was increasingly regarded as a children’s holiday. To millions of Americans, Halloween is not celebrating Samhain or All Hallows Eve. Yes, Halloween came from paganism through Catholicism, but it has turned (for the most part) into a national American holiday.

  • Epiphany says:

    people originally started wearing costumes to confuse the spirits
    they didn’t used to knock on doors and say trick or treat for candy 🙂

  • Star In Da Hood says:

    Mexico celebrates ‘The Day of the Dead’ instead of Halloween.

    Halloween is celebrated on the eve of All Saints Day.

    Halloween originated from a Celtic festival. Celts were an ancient European tribe.

    Samhainophobia is an intense fear of Halloween.

    In Scotland, turnips are traditionally carved into jack-o-lanterns.

    Paraskavedekatriaphobia is a fear of the number 13.

    Halloween is second only to Christmas in spending. People spend as much as over $2.5 billion during Halloween on candies, costumes, decorations and parties.

  • Mickey McDykester says:

    1) Costumes used to be awesome, but now they have been shittified with the invention of Naruto and other terribad animes.
    2) Putting razorblades in candy used to provide many-a-lulz, but The Man wasn’t too happy about that.
    3) It used to be pedos’ favorite holiday until the partyvan came to ruin their fun.
    4) People used to do many lulzworthy tasks when asked for a trick instead of a treat, such as doing a barrel roll. However, those lulz have been killed too by The Man.
    5) The Great Pumpkin used to invade Charlie Brown’s neighborhood every Halloween and by doing so, made tentacle pr0n look tame with his massive vines used for teh buttsecks.

  • Paige<33 says:

    fact #1–a movie was made out of the spirit of Halloween ((Nightmare before Xmas))

    fact #2–Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death

    fact #3–If you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved on watching over you.

    fact #4–Halloween is on October 31st, the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday, honoring the dead. Holloween was referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back to over 2000 years ago

    fact #5–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

    there ya go.

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