Halloween is a holiday filled with costumes, pumpkins, and superstitions. Though we may have celebrated this for many years, most do not know the folklore, history and superstitions. Halloween marks many important dates. What are some of the amazing events that have happened on this fabulous holiday?
Well… In 834 the first Halloween (All Hallows Eve) is celebrated.
In 1876 a cyclone hits Bengal, killing about 200,000.
In 1918 the Spanish flu kills 21, 00 people in the U.S. in one week.
In 1926, Harry Houdini dies in Detroit.
In 1952 the first thermonuclear bomb was detonated in The Marshall Islands.
Pumpkins are a big Halloween tradition. There is a tale about Stingy Jack. The story tells of a man named stingy Jack. He invited the devil to have a drink with him. True to his name Stingy didn’t want to pay for his drink. Then stingy convinced the devil to turn into a coin so he could buy a drink. As soon as the devil turned into a coin Jack decided to take the coin and to prevent the devil from escaping he put a silver cross in his pocket with him. Jack eventually let the devil go on one condition, he would not bother Jack for 1 year, and when he should died he would not be allowed to take his soul.
Almost one year later Jack was still alive and tricked the devil again and made him promise to not bother him for 10 years and when he died he would not let him take his soul. (The devil or him… whatever) Later, Jack died and god would not allow such a bad person into heaven. The devil, who was mad because of the tricks Jack had played on him, kept his word and did not claim his soul. He sent Jack off into the night with only a burning coal to light his way. Then, Jack put the coal into a carved up turnip and has been roaming around the earth with it ever since. The Irish began to call this figure “Jack of the Lantern”, which then became Jack-o’-lantern.
These things are only some of the superstitions and stories of Halloween… Come back soon for more now… ya’ hear