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Happy Halloween!

on October 31, 2011

Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I thought it’d be fun to share some unusual facts about Halloween.  There is a great book, Halloween Trivia by Tonya Lambert, which sheds light on many of Halloween’s traditions! Happy Halloween!

  • Halloween–a Festival of Love! Before the 1930’s, Halloween parties were seen as an opportunity for single people to meet. There was matchmaking, kissing games, mistletoe, and fortune-telling at the parties! Costumes were simple and songs included: “Love, Will you Marry Me?” “Our Love,” and “Cupid’s Garden!
  • Pull the Kale–In Scotland, a Halloween tradition is the pulling of the Kale. On the eve of all Hallows, young men and women are blindfolded and led into a garden. Each person pulls a cabbage from the ground. The condition of the cabbage fortells the future. For example, if you pull a health cabbage you are going to Heaven, versus a frost-bitten one and you go to Hell!
  • Houdini died on Halloween and in the United States, October 31 is declared National Magician’s Day!
  • Pumpkin Carving: It is believed to be unlucky to carve your pumpkin with a black-handled knife.
  • Halloween Games--Burn a twig in a fire while telling a ghost story. When the twig has burned completely, the storyteller must stop, and another person picks up the story burning a new twig.
  • Trick-Or-Treat: In St Louis, we had to tell a joke or a riddle before we got our treats. It was always high pressure, and some adults had a great time telling us that the joke wasn’t funny enough, or someone before us has told the same one, and we’d have to come up with another one.
  • Black Cats: If a black cat crosses your path from left to right, it signifies good luck. If it crosses from right to left, it foretells bad luck.

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