Halloween is right around the corner and is one of my favourite holidays! It brings everyone together, much like Christmas… but instead of decorating Christmas trees we carve Jack o’ lanterns.
To get us in the spirit here are 10 interesting facts about Halloween;
- The turnip was the original Jack o’ lantern and was carried by ‘guisers’ on Halloween to frighten off evil spirits. It was then changed to a pumpkin as they are much bigger and easier to carve.
- Ireland is thought to be the birthplace of Halloween.
- Scottish girls would often hang up a wet sheet in front of a blazing fire on Halloween night in order to see visions of their future husbands.
- Scared on Halloween? You may have what they call Samhainophobia, which means you have a phobia of Halloween.
- The word ‘Witch’ comes from the old English ‘Wicce’ meaning ‘wise woman’. In fact, these women were very much respected at one point.
- Pumpkins also come in the colours red, pink, green, tan, white, and blue.
- Dressing up as ghouls originated from Celtic tradition so that people could disguise themselves from the horrors on Halloween. Disguising themselves meant that the real ghouls wouldn’t notice them.
- Halloween has thought to have been originated around 4000 B.C., that means that Halloween has existed for over 6,000 years!
- These types of foods are all associated with Halloween and where they are most popular – Barmbrack (Ireland), Bonfire toffee (Great Britain), Candy apples/toffee apples (Great Britain and Ireland), Candy apples, Candy corn, candy pumpkins -North America, Monkey nuts (peanuts in their shells) – Scotland and Ireland, Caramel apples, Caramel corn, Colcannon -Ireland. Biscuits shaped in Halloween themes, Halloween cake, Novelty cand shaped like skulls, pumpkins, bats, worms, Pumpkin, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, Popcorn, Pound cake, Soul cakes.
- There is a castle near Cruden Bay called Slains Castle that has thought to have been the influence of Draculas castle in Bram Stokers novel ‘Dracula’.
I hope I have got you all in the spooky spirit for Halloween this year! However if that wasnt enough there are also a special Halloween tours that take place on the 30th and 31st of October for those who would like to know about bit more about the horrible histories of Aberdeen city and shire!