Bet You Didn't Know: Halloween
This may come as a surprise to you, but Halloween is about more than just costumes and candy. It has evolved from the Celtic holiday, Samhain, which began roughly 2,000 years ago. It was believed that during the transition out of harvest season into winter, a bridge was created into the world of the dead. To protect themselves, the living spawned a few pagan rituals to keep these roaming ghouls and ghosts at bay. From these origins, the festival has morphed over time into a frightening multi-billion dollar meaningless commercial holiday, second only to Christmas, that couldn't even be stopped by a silver bullet. So, before you play dress up to unveil your alter ego and go out to collect candy to pack on the pounds, watch these few short videos to learn the real story behind why we trick or treat.
Halloween was originally called Samhain and marked the end of the harvest season for Celtic farmers.
This video tells the story of Stingy Jack, who on more than one occasion managed to hoodwink the Devil and ended up wandering through the underworld with a hollowed out turnip lamp giving rise to the tradition of the Jack o' lantern.
Get the real story behind witches, their hats and why they are said to ride on brooms.
Halloween began centuries ago as a pagan holiday that honored the dead that warned of a netherworld of spirits and ghosts. Today, Halloween has morphed into a day for breaking rules, pushing boundaries and wearing disguises. But Halloween remains a time for us to deal with our own mortality. Our modern Halloween traditions have ancient roots -- people were going door to door and begging for treats on Halloween night as far back as the Middle Ages.