Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween Fun and Scary Facts

Halloween is one of the most celebrated holidays in the world. Recognized as the night where terror reigns, the ole Hallow's Eve offers the most exciting and thrilling activities for everyone from little children to adults. But do you really know what Halloween is? How it started? And where it originated from? Are you sure that you've got all the ideas revolving around the Halloween right? Want to know more about this creepy event? Well, you stumbled upon the right article, because here we're going to give top ten facts about Halloween, to make sure you jive in with the holiday.

  • Fact #1 - Halloween or Hallowe'en is more popularly known in the old times as "All Hallow's Evening" which is believed by scholars as originally influenced by the western European harvest festivals and festivals of the dead of the Celtics.
  • Fact #2 - The world "Halloween" itself was first used in the 16th century which represents the Scottish term of the fuller "All Hallows'-Even". The term was also used in Old English.
  • Fact #3 - There is actually a fear of the Halloween called samhainophobia.
  • Fact #4 - The first Jack O’Lanterns were made from turnips not from pumpkins.
  • Fact #5 - According to Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. He was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths.
  • Fact #6 - According to historical studies, Halloween celebrations date back 2000 years ago and was a form of festival for the pagans.
  • Fact #7 - Trick or treating was originally called "souling" before. It was a Christian medieval precursor in which the poor would go door-to-door praying for the dead in exchange of soul cakes.
  • Fact #8 - It is believed that Ireland is the birthplace of Halloween.
  • Fact #9 - Wearing masks and costumes during All Hallow's Eve actually came from Welsh and Celtic tradition that believed the dead comes back and roam the surface of the Earth every October 31. The masks and costumes are intended to keep the spirits from recognizing the living.
  • Fact #10 - 86% of Americans decorate their homes for Halloween.
For more Halloween facts, you can visit Facts Random History. Meanwhile, if you want to get a print of these Halloween 101s, make sure you use remanufactured toner cartridges and remanufactred inkjet cartridges to reduce pollution and waste. Never forget to stay GREEN this HALLOWEEN!

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