Sunday, 4 October 2009

Things you might not know about Halloween

This month's AW Blog Chain theme is anything to do with autumn (including Halloween), so I am posting some unusual/weird things about Halloween that you may not be aware of. Hope it inspires you with something. Personally, I am off to create a spooky art piece after this.
  • Orange and black are Halloween colours because orange is associated with the autumn harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
  • The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
  • To meet a witch, put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night. (If you are successful, do let me know)
  • Ringing a bell scares evil spirits away.
  • Bobbing for apples is believed to be originated from a roman harvest festival that honours Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
  • The next full moon on Halloween night will be October 31, 2020.
  • The first "Jack-O-Lanterns" were not pumpkins - they were hollowed-out turnips and originated in Ireland.
  • Next to Christmas, Halloween is the most celebrated and commercially successful holiday.
  • If you stare in a mirror on Halloween night, you will see the person you are going to marry.
  • The first recorded ghost story dates back to 100 AD by Pliny the Younger. In the story, a ghost haunts a house in Athens until the owner follows him to a spot in courtyard. The next day, a man's body is dug up in that same spot. Once he is given a proper burial, the ghost no longer returns.

And here is my favourite:

  • In New York City, it is illegal to sell a house that is known to be haunted without telling the potential buyer. (Stuff like this can only happen in NYC. Love it)

Hope you enjoyed these little tid-bids. Next person in the blog chain is Claire Crossdale.

All participants:

1. Lost Wanderer - 2. Claire Crossdale - 3. Angela 785 - 4. Ravencorinncarluk - 5. Angyl78 - 6. shethinkstoomuch - 7. trulyana - 8. Bsolah - 9. freshhell - 10. Ralph Pines - 11. aimeelaine - 12. HigherEdUnderground - 13. Cath - 14. DavidZahir -


  1. Yes, the blog chain has begun! Excellent posts. I knew some of those things, but the others are still fascinating.

  2. I'll be telling that mirror thing to all my single friends :) Good post.

  3. Still water, such as a lake, or dark glass will work too. Halloween (or Sahmain in the Pagan calendar) is when the veil between worlds is at it's thinnest - a good time for divination!

  4. Such an interesting list! I never knew why orange and black were Halloween colors. :)

  5. Dearest Lost Wanderer,

    Well done on being first in line, with a very informative read. I hadn't known any of this before. It is quite interesting what Cath says, as I feel that very much is true. (About the veil between worlds being at it's thinnest, and a good time for divination) I always feel a strong enery force around late October.

    I wonder, what potential buyers in NY are like after they have been told that the house they are planning to buy is haunted.

  6. Ha! My school colors were orange and black. Everyone called us Halloween High. Still my favorite holiday.

  7. I like the list, a lot. And now I'm just imagining a ghost story set in NYC with that law as a plot element! Heh heh.

  8. There were a few on there I didn't know! Great idea for a fall blog post. :-)

  9. Those are great!

    The one about the mirror is true! My current husband walked right up behind me while I put on my costume one year. ;)

  10. Now that I'm finally catching up on the chain, I got to read your list. I didn't know the Pliny ghost story, nor the mirror. Interesting. I've learned something new today.