by Company Admin
on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 at 11:23am.
Happy Halloween from all of us here at CENTURY 21 AAA North!
Did you know these spooky Halloween facts?
Dancing for treats
Trick-or-treating as we know it today originated in the Middle Ages when men and boys would dress up and dance and sing at their neighbors' doors, begging for coins and food. The practice was known as "mumming."
Irish in origin
Halloween's origins come from a Celtic festival for the dead called "Simhain." People believed that ghosts of the dead roamed the earth on the holiday, so they dressed up in costumes and left out treats to appease the spirits.
They come from an old Irish tale about Stingy Jack, who died and was not allowed into Heaven. Instead, he was sent off to roam Earth with only a burning coal for a light. He put the light into the turnip (not a pumpkin) as a lantern and became the "Jack of Lanterns."
The black cat superstition began with the Puritans, who lived a Protestant way of life. Legend has it that witches, who were believed to worship the devil, would protect themselves by turning themselves into black cats. Thus, black cats gained the reputation of actually being witches.
The old tradition of wearing animal heads and skins to commune with the dead continued into Simhain, the festival that inspired what we know as Halloween today.