Halloween Lore

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It's our favourite time of year and we love reading back on lore and tales of the season. Enjoy!

- Halloween originated from the combination of the Celtic New Year  or Samhain (October 31)  and the Christian holiday, All Saints Day (November 1).

- Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange symbolizes the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.

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- Black cats, spiders and bats are associated with witches and were once believed to be their familiars.

- Celts believed the ghosts of the dead roamed the Earth on Halloween so people dressed in costumes and left treats on their doorsteps to appease the roaming spirits.

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- In some parts of Ireland, fortune telling games to predict marriage were played on Halloween.

- Full moons on Halloween are rare. The last one occurred in 2001 and the next will occur in 2020.

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- Halloween or Samhain is the Wiccan New Year.

- The word “witch” comes from the Old English word meaning “wise woman”.

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- Owls are a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches and to hear an owl cry meant someone was about to die.

- The first known mention of trick-or-treating in print occurred in 1927 in Blackie, Alberta.

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