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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Halloween


Society & Culture  (tags: Halloween, history, Samhain, Celts, pumpkins, traditions, culture )

RC
- 2100 days ago - mentalfloss.com
...but were afraid to ask...LOL! Fun facts about a favorite holiday.



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RC deWinter (418)
Friday October 24, 2008, 4:46 am
Comedian Lewis Black on candy corn: “All the candy corn that was ever made was made in 1914. They never had to make it again. We never eat enough of it. We only eat two or three or four pieces apiece. So, literally, after Halloween the candy corn companies send out their minions. And they go from garbage can to garbage can and collect the corn and throw it back in the bags. And it appears next year.”

Not true...find out about this and more in the article.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday October 24, 2008, 5:19 am
Well now I know ... Love the Artical ... kudo's to you .. (smiles)
 

. (0)
Friday October 24, 2008, 5:20 am
Ombretta; Now don't get up-set if you receive some BOO's on this article comment line! It's just your friendly(?) neighborhood spooks, phantoms, and free-floating phantasms!!!

----------TRICK OR TREAT???----------

----------HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!----------

That is the question? & Thank You!


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Ramona Gehl (141)
Friday October 24, 2008, 5:57 am
I love candy corn and I love fruit cake...does this make me a freak? LOL Thanx for the interesting Halloween facts Cate!
 

Joycey B. (750)
Friday October 24, 2008, 6:02 am
These were great. LoL. Thanks for these fascinating facts on Halloween Cate.
 

Tsandi Crew (95)
Friday October 24, 2008, 6:27 am
Halloween is my favorite holiday, and Lewis Black is my favorite comedian. Not neccessarily together!
 

Clever Pseudonym (176)
Friday October 24, 2008, 7:13 am
Hey, I like candy corn! Don't throw them away. I want them.

My daughter answered a Haloween trivia question on the radio a few days ago and won a pound of Jelly Bellies. Good times.
 

Terrie Williams (761)
Friday October 24, 2008, 8:17 am
Ahhhhhhhh yessssss, let there be feasting with the dead and sweet treasures to be got! Let slip the veil and stir the pot! Lift thy chalice and kiss the nyte. Do so not, shall give thee....fright!

To absent friends!

My most favorite holy day/night of the year. MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAAAAAA!!
 

. (0)
Friday October 24, 2008, 10:37 am
unfortunatly i love candy but my sugar i can not eat to much as a diabetic
 

. (0)
Friday October 24, 2008, 10:40 am
they owe you a note get it i clicked on
 

Sara Stevens (65)
Friday October 24, 2008, 11:52 am
Fun article- Thanks
 

ROBIN M. (312)
Friday October 24, 2008, 12:12 pm
I LOVE HALLOWEEN THANKS FOR THE FACTS, I LOVED THE ONE ABOUT CANDY CORN AND HOW THEY NOW MAKE JELLY BELLYS.
 

RC deWinter (418)
Friday October 24, 2008, 3:29 pm
urk to candy corn....
 

Sandy v. (91)
Friday October 24, 2008, 3:44 pm
Up here we don't do halloween any more. Everyone take kids to the malls. Yet, here I am still buying fifty dollars worth of candy and making special bags for the kids in my neighborhood. Last year, had 6. Don't even see my grandkids, they go to the malls too. However, next day, here come my kids for candy and to stock up "their" kids on candy (Yah, right!). I am sitting here debating whether or not to even put up all my decorations I have collected over the past 43 years. I was hoping it would continue, just so I could see the kids. I am the black licorice person,no candy corn or peeps
 

Louise L. (48)
Friday October 24, 2008, 4:07 pm
Fascinating that the Christians (who know say it invites evil to celebrate Halloween) were the ones who forced the Celtics to change....watch out what you do, it will come back and bite you! Too bad the quaint custom of door-to-door collecting got ruined; it was kind of fun, especially with your favorite beer. I love the entire autumn celebration time, from the first chill (which we had last night!) to the weekend after Thanksgiving. These facts add to the fun, thanks, Ombretta (see you in front of the moon....)
 

Yvonne White (231)
Friday October 24, 2008, 4:46 pm
Living in a rural area, we still get door-to-door trick-or-treaters, which really irks my Doxie. I noticed "TP-ing" is not the big thing it used to be - toilet paper costs too much to waste like we did in the decadent '70's!;)
 

Lucien Pan Morningstar (217)
Friday October 24, 2008, 5:05 pm
thanx you for postin... for once a holiday post that doesnt make my pagan celtic heart say pogue ma thoin
 

Pastor Tim Redfern (599)
Friday October 24, 2008, 6:52 pm
On Friday the 31st, I'll be hiding inside
the house, lights out, pretending I'm not home.
It's an old family tradition, don't ya know.
Not that I don't love All Hallow's Eve, but,
.......well, y'know.
Thanks, Cate!
Save me some Candy Corn.....I love that sh*t, too!
noted. :-))
 

Denice G. (45)
Friday October 24, 2008, 7:49 pm
Thanks Cate. My favorite time of the year.
 

Warren Motter (1055)
Friday October 24, 2008, 11:48 pm
Happy Halloweeeeeeeeen!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Michael P. (24)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 5:12 am
Thank you Cate.
 

Vijay Tankha (28)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 5:32 am
Absolutely delightful research, Ombretta. I wonder if the traditions are still prevelent in the Old Country, as you call it? 1000 years ago, that's a long, long time. Thanks for keeping us informed. I think it a magical festival!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 5:53 am
I LOVE EASTER!!THE Great meanings of that day in time!Thought i'd be differant here.
 

Goddess Lozz (213)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 6:06 am
Samhain (pronounced 'sow'inn') is a very important date in the Pagan calendar for it marks the Feast of the Dead. Many Pagans also celebrate it as the old Celtic New Year. It is also celebrated by non-Pagans who call this festival Halloween.

Samhain has been celebrated in Britain for centuries and has its origin in Pagan Celtic traditions. It was the time of year when the veils between this world and the Otherworld were believed to be at their thinnest: when the spirits of the dead could most readily mingle with the living once again. Later, when the festival was stolen by Christians, they celebrated it as All Hallows' Eve, followed by All Saints Day, though it still retained elements of remembering and honouring the dead.

Death also symbolises endings and Samhain is therefore not only a time for reflecting on mortality, but also on the passing of relationships, jobs and other significant changes in life like the cycles of nature and a time where plant life dies for the winter. A time for taking stock of the past and coming to terms with it, in order to move on and look forward to the future.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 6:28 am
I love hallween...............
 

Merry L. (74)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 10:02 am
Thanx Cate-that was fun!
 

Carol W. (119)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 3:15 pm

OK I still am not clear on all those little 'beggars'. How did the Trick or Treat Syndrome get going?

TY Cate
 

Dianne G. (95)
Friday October 31, 2008, 1:25 pm
I miss eating candy corn!
 
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