Make This Halloween Night LIT!Nicole Sparks
Let the “holiday season” begin! Yep…we’re about to kick-off the beginning of the holiday-packed last quarter of the year: Halloween, Día de los Muertos, Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas, and then we cap-off the whole extravaganza with New Year’s Eve. And we’re pretty certain MOST people are counting down to the end of 2020!
However, have you ever given much thought to the actual word “holiday”? Once reminded, the majority of people DO recall that it’s a simple amalgam of “holy + day.” Yet, these days not a lot of our “holidays” have that original “holy” connection. Sure, Christmas, Easter, Hanukah and Passover certainly fill the bill. But very few think about the fact that so does HALLOWEEN – or All Hallows’ Eve!
Indeed! There are actual REASONS we dress-up in costumes for Halloween…as well as observe other celebratory traditions for this holiday.
In a nutshell, Halloween has documented roots reaching back over 2000 years, with Pope Boniface IV declaring a day to honor all Christian martyrs, thus establishing the Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day in 609 A.D. Later Pope Gregory III expanded the festival to include all saints as well as all martyrs, and moved the observance from May to November 1.
We found one source which offered a tidy “thumbnail” evolution of its history:
“The Halloween holiday we’ve all come to know and love is a combination of several different celebrations from different religions at different times in history. The ancient Celtic people celebrated Samhain – marking the end of harvest season and a time when the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred, with ghosts visiting the earth.
“Hence, the tradition of dressing up in costumes – thought to be an effective way for people to hide from the spirits who returned at this time of year. People wore masks when they left their homes after dark so the ghosts would think they were fellow spirits. To keep the ghosts out of their houses, people would place bowls of food outside to make them happy.
“After the Roman Empire conquered the Celtic peoples, their festivals of Feralia (a day in late October when the Romans honored the passing of the dead, immediately followed by a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees) were integrated with Samhain.
“Add to this the November 1st Catholic holiday of All Saints’ Day, or All Hallows’ Mass, celebrating all those who have gone to heaven, also contributes to the history of Halloween. All Souls’ Day, celebrated the next day, honors all who have died but have not yet reached heaven.” And there you have “All Hallows’ Eve!”
And now, Halloween has become BIG business. Here’s the proof:
- More people, especially millennials, are buying costumes for their pets…up to 20% in 2018 & now amounting to half a billion dollars on Halloween pet costumes
- One quarter of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween
- Statistical Founded in New Jersey in 1983, Spirit Halloween is one of the most popular Halloween stores in the U.S. and has expanded to over 1,000 locations throughout North America
- Statistical studies found 50% of children prefer to receive chocolate on Halloween and, on average, kids who trick-or-treat will bring home 11,000 calories in candy
- Halloween is the second highest-grossing commercial holiday, second only to Christmas
- According to data, the average American spends $100+ annually on decorations, candy & costumes each year for Halloween
- On average, Americans buy 600 million pounds of candy for Halloween annually, which adds up to around $2.4 billion spent on candy during the weeks leading up to Halloween night
- The most popular children’s costumes on Halloween are superheroes and princesses, feeding both the Marvel and Disney Princess mega-franchises
Despite this mainstream commercialism, the “bizarre” roots of the holiday still persist, along with some of the more “unique” facts you may not know, surrounding its traditions! Check out just a few “trivia treats” about Halloween:
- The first Jack-o-Lanterns were carved from turnips.
- Finding a spider on Halloween night is considered good luck
- In Alabama, wearing a nun or priest costume for Halloween is illegal
- The world record for the fastest pumpkin carving is 16.47 seconds, and HAD to include a full face, with eyes, nose, mouth & ears
- Boston holds the biggest record of Jack-O-Lanterns lit at once, with 30,128 simultaneously lit lanterns tallied
- Halloween scarecrows actually symbolize the ancient & agricultural roots of the holiday
- The symbol of Pomona is the apple, and incorporating this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of bobbing for apples that is practiced today on Halloween
- Halloween has several names other than All Hallows Eve or All Hallows Evening, including Witches Night, Lambswool, Snap-Apple Night, Samhain & Summer’s End
- A full moon on Halloween night is considered rare due to the moon’s formation cycle and a full moon on Halloween will only appear ONCE every 19 YEARS, in a phenomenon called the Metonic cycle – which, of course, is THIS YEAR…
And this just BEGINS to scratch the surface on the abundance of Halloween facts!
So honestly, doesn’t All Hallows’ Eve seem TAILOR-MADE for pyrotechnics of every shape, size and color?!? Imagine how a child’s face will “light up” when they discover a package of sparklers among their candy-coated treats. And you can be sure parents will want to photograph their child enjoying THIS a lot more than just a pile of candy packages. Plus, a little “outdoor” time might help to “burn-off” some of that sugar high!
Depending upon your particular mode of celebration, our premium, guaranteed burn-times ensure you don’t get left “in the dark” on this “spooky” night! Of course, if need even more ideas on how to make sure THIS Halloween night is really “lit” you can always call or email our “Spook-tacular” experts for advice and recommendations. And considering how 2020 has unfolded thus far, maybe we could ALL use a little more “light” in our lives…for this PARTICULAR Halloween, and in general!