Origins & commercialisation of Halloween.

Growing up in the United States, there’s a fairly high chance that you absolutely love Halloween. It’s a night of excitement and mischief that only occurs once every year.

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There are costumes, apple treats, scary movies, halloween flavoured beer, parades and parties and best of all, free candy!. It’s beautiful! and it’s not surprising that this holiday has evolved into such a ridiculous event in America today. Americans actually spend around $6 billion on Halloween every year. And now the wider world is in on it too!

Funny enough however, Halloween did not originate from the  United States, it actually has different  origins and was celebrated far before Europeans arrived in North America.

Around two thousand years ago, the Celts celebrated the end of the harvest season with the festival of Samhain on November 1. This was a big party to say farewell to summer and hello to winter. As winter is cold and depressing, it was a time of year that was actually associated with death and sorrow.

The Celts believed that the dead returned as ghosts on the night before Samhain (October 31).  They put out offerings of food and other goods to appease these spirits. Likewise, in order to fit in with all of the ghosts that were out and about, they’d put on masks and costumes to avoid being possessed.

 

In the 8th Century, the Christian Church changed Samhain into “All Saint’s Day,” also known as “All Hallows.”

The night before it was “Hallows Eve.” Eventually, this evolved into “Halloween.”

Halloween season starts off at the beginning of September. Your favourite costume and contact lens stores begin to pop up in shopping malls, and you have a random urge to break out your cat ears and eat candy corn all day long. Even if you don’t have the perfect costume picked out, you’ll want clever captions for Halloween selfies, because you can never be too prepared for all of the parties and fun times to come. Another store that a lot of people use are for contact lenses

The Halloween vibes seem to start earlier each year, but the celebration will be here and gone before you know it. Are you joining a group Halloween costume this year, or keeping it laid-back with something comfy from your closet? Either way, you’re going to snap a few pics of yourself living your best life as you hit up costume parties with your girls.

And just because you aren’t trick or treating this year, that doesn’t mean your sweet tooth ceases to exist. Get your grub on and buy bags of Halloween candy for yourself and the craziest halloween contact lenses you can find. Halloween’s not always about going out, though. If you’re staying in with a select few people and dressing up, that’s cool, too.