How much do you really know about Halloween? Sure we all know we get dressed up and kids go on a big candy hunt, but why? Take this quiz to see if you are a Halloween expert?
1 Why do people dress in costumes?
- To hide from ghosts.
- To celebrate our ancestors.
- Was a way to bring luck to the upcoming year.
We dress in costumes as a way to hide from the spirits who returned during this time of year. Celtic and other European people used to dress up and wore masks when they left their homes after dark so the ghosts would think they were fellow spirits and to keep the ghosts out of their houses. Also, people would place bowls of food outside to make them happy.
2 Why do we go trick-or-treating?
- It was a contest to test people's hunting skills.
- Was a way for poor people to get food.
- It was a way to build relationships in the community by sharing the year's harvest.
Trick-or-treating evolved from the medieval custom of "souling" in England. On All Souls' Day celebrations, poor people would knock on doors asking for food in exchange for saying prayers for the home's dead relatives.
3 Why are cats part of Halloween?
- They were known to have special powers to protect you from spirits.
- They were thought to be able to predict the future.
- They were just a common household pet so have always been a part of the celebrations.
During the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, priests used cats as part of a ritual to try to predict the future.
4 Why do we decorate with orange and black?
- To gain strength and to celebrate the dead.
- It was the colors of the religious symbols years ago.
- There were not many dyes available back then so these colors were easily made.
Orange is seen throughout autumn's changing leaves and is a symbol of strength and endurance, while black is typically the color of death. The Celtics may have been the first people to use this color combination to gain strength for the long winter ahead and celebrate the dead during the Samhain holiday.
5 What was carved before pumpkins?
- Pumpkins, they always carved pumpkins.
In a traditional Celtic story, a man named Jack tricked the Devil, so after Jack died the Devil made him roam the night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the piece of coal in a carved-out turnip, which was a common vegetable there, and became known as Jack of the Lantern.
Irish and Scottish people would carve their own versions of Jack's lantern with scary faces and place them near windows or doors to frighten away Jack or other evil spirits. When immigrants brought the tradition to America, the native pumpkin was more available than turnips, and today's jack-o-lanterns were born.
6 Where did the term "Witch" come from?
- Was a name for undesirable women in the town.
- A term used to identify women who refused to participate in mainstream religious ceremonies.
- A term to that refers to women as wise.
The word “witch” originates from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” In fact, wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.
7 In which country did Halloween originate in?
It is widely believed that Ireland is the birthplace of Halloween.
8 How are scarecrows attached to Halloween?
- People used to dress in old clothes, which is all they had, as costumes.
- They were thought to scare away bad energy from your house.
- They were symbolic of the ancient agricultural roots of Halloween.
Scarecrows symbolized the ancient agricultural roots of the holiday.
9 When did Halloween celebrations start becoming common in North America?
- 17th Century
- 18th Century
- 19th Century
In the early 19th century, Halloween was not widely celebrated in North America. It wasn’t until the second half of the 19th century when North America was flooded with immigrants, that the celebration took off.
The arrival of millions of Irish fleeing the potato famine in 1846 helped popularize Halloween, as it was more commonly celebrated in Ireland which is the home of the Celts.
10 What does it mean if you are looking for "Toil And Trouble"?
- You are looking for your lost cat.
- You are looking for robbers.
- You are looking for a witch.
According to legend, if you put your clothes on inside-out and walk backward at Halloween, you’ll see a witch at midnight.
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