What’s the story behind Halloween?
Halloween originally began as the festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in.) It was part of the ancient British Celtic & European religion. The Celts believed that at the end of summer, the barrier (or veil) between our world and the world of ghosts and spirits became very thin. This brought strange entities with strange powers to wander about with humans. The Celts would hold a ceremonial party with bon fire that was intended to scare away spirits or evil.
Black Cats & Halloween
How did black cats come to represent bad luck and spookiness in the United States? It all started with the Pilgrims in the Plymouth colony. The Puritan Pilgrims distrusted anything associated with witches and sorcery, including black cats. They actively persecuted black cats – it became a practice to burn black cats on Shrove Tuesday to protect the home from fire. After the anti-witch zeal had subsided in the colonies, black cats had been thoroughly cemented in popular legend right alongside witches. Decorators use them as a Halloween symbol, both alongside witches and independently, to add a frightful, unnerving ambiance to their front steps, their green eyes spooking trick-or-treaters. ~ Source www.hartz.com
Did you know? Although it is unknown precisely where and when the phrase “trick or treat” was coined, the custom had been firmly established in American popular culture by 1951, when trick-or-treating was depicted in the Peanuts comic strip. In 1952, Disney produced a cartoon called “Trick or Treat” featuring Donald Duck and his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie.~ Source www.history.com
Oct 30th is Halloween at the Market
Join us on Wednesday October 30th for a fun filled day at the Market as we celebrate Halloween. Don’t forget to dress up in your favorite costume!! More info about our event here https://www.facebook.com/events/312344819604461/