Some American Halloween History
Kids love Halloween and who can blame them? Dressing up and unlimited candy for one night every year. But where did the holiday come from? Halloween is originally from the Celts, who, 2000 years ago, celebrated Samhain, their New Year Festival on November 1 when the spirit world was visible. The Romans assimilated Samhain into their own festival celebrating Pomona, the goddess of fruit and trees. Over time the holiday evolved and the Catholic Church celebrated All Saints Day or All Hallows Eve which is where we get the word Halloween.
We can thank the Irish immigrants who came to the U.S. in the 1840s to escape the potato famine for our American traditions of Halloween. Americans borrowed those traditions going from house to house asking for food or money which eventually became trick or treating and jack-o'-lanterns are also based on Irish traditions.
In 2022, Americans are expected to spend 10.6 billion dollars on the holiday. That is an increase of half a billion dollars over 2021. Of that 3 billion is spent on candy and the rest on costumes and decor. There are no statistics on how much candy is eaten by the buyer before Halloween.
Scary movies are also part of American Halloween traditions and the Charles Schultz Peanuts character Linus, influenced culture by waiting for the Great Pumpkin every All Hallows Eve.
It's all good fun and Scotties Auto Body wishes you a safe but scary, tasty Halloween this year.
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