Spooky season is here! Halloween dates back to around 2,000 years ago and the name actually means “hallowed evening,” or All Hallow’s Eve. People once believed that on this day they could connect with the souls of the dead, whether it be a family member or a friend.
The Celts celebrated this day by wearing costumes made out of animal hide or leaves to resemble spirits and ghosts. They would have huge feasts and create what we now know as jack-o-lanterns. Over the next few hundred years, the Halloween traditions died down a little as the Puritan religion (a strict Christian community in England and the American colonies) strengthened.
You might be surprised to hear that children didn’t always want candy from their neighbors. Instead of begging for fun-sized Hershey bars and Three Musketeers, people went door to door begging for “soul cakes”. “Soul cakes,” despite what they sound like, are just little biscuits, but you wouldn’t get one unless you danced for it.
Over the years, Halloween has evolved into what it is today! Dressing up as your favorite movie character or celebrity, visiting haunted houses, watching scary movies, and carving pumpkins with friends are some of the most popular festivities. And don’t forget about all of the fun coffee flavors that come with the fall season!
Enjoy the holiday season and don’t forget to follow my SCARY SEASONNNNN playlist
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