You might think putting on a mask is just for the kids, but it was actually adopted by pagans in the community during Samhain to scare off evil spirits.What started out as animal skins and heads has turned into something a little less gruesome now.
It was hoped that wandering spirits seeing people in their weird disguises would assume they were also spirits – and let them go free.
The British tradition of carving a scary face into a vegetable was originally done with turnips.When Irish immigrants took the idea of using pumpkins, because they were cheaper than turnips.
The legend of Stingy Jack inspired the carving.
He trapped the Devil, only letting him go on the condition that Jack would never go to Hell.
However, when he died, Jack learned that Heaven was out due to his devilish dealings, so he was condemned to wander the earth as a ghost for all eternity.
Gifted Jack a lump of burning coal by the Devil, Jack carried it round in a carved-out turnip to light his way.
You might think that the skeleton decorations are all a bit of fun, but in 2012, a postman thought a corpse was part of the Halloween display – but it was actually the resident of the house, who had died.
Dale Porch was coming back from working the overnight shift on November 2, when he collapsed on the porch steps.
The 46-year-old’s family was distraught and felt the postman should have done something.
Part of the Halloween tradition in colonial America involved the baking of a Halloween cake.
Bakers would hide various things in the cake to tell the future. A thimble was a symbol of bad luck with the ladies or gentlemen.
Also, presumably, a sign that you’ve got a costly visit to the dentist in your near future.
We turn-up our self in different shocking makeup so that we can tell bad people & spirit not to harm us and go away from our life.
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