Rude Greetings Cards And Other Halloween Traditions
While rude greetings cards aren’t really a Halloween tradition just yet, we think they have potential? I mean just look at the popularity of our “Christmas Is Coming #merrychristmas”, “First Fucking Christmas Card I Saw” and “Booze Is Bad For Your Elf #itsxmasfuckit” rude Christmas cards, not to mention our “Thanks For Putting Up With Dad Long Enough To Have Me #happymothersday” and “Mum, Strictly Speaking You're The Best #happymothersday” funny Mother’s Day cards.
Funny greetings cards aside, here are a few other Halloween traditions and their origins for your enjoyment.
Pumpkin carving, or ‘jack-o-lanterns’ as the Americans call them, actually originated in Ireland with turnips instead of pumpkins. There are a few stories about where this tradition came from, but one is that the Celtic people believed a legend about a man named Jack who would catch the Devil and only let him go on the condition that Jack would never go to Hell; however, when Jack died it turned out that Heaven didn’t want him after all of his antics, and he ended up wandering the earth as a ghost forever. The Devil gave Jack a lump of burning coal as a gift and Jack carried it around in a hollowed-out turnip to light his way. Locals started carrying turnips which were carved with scary faces to scare off evil spirits.
Another tradition which started in Ireland and the Scottish Highlands, the Celtic people would dress up with masks and disguises to scare off evil spirits which wandered the earthy during the Gaelic festival of Samhain.
Trick or Treating
No one is really sure where this one comes from, but one theory goes back to the ancient festival of Samhain. During the festival people would leave food and snacks out to placate the souls of the ghosts and spirits that wandered the earth, and over time the people who were dressed up like the spirits got offered food too as they went door to door. The practice of saying ‘trick or treat’ is actually a more modern one.
Bobbing for Apples
This one comes from the Roman festival which honours the goddess of plenty, Pamona. The original form of the game saw young, single men and women trying to bite apples in a tub of water. The first one to bite an apple would be the next one allowed to marry and it is thought that girls who placed their apple under their pillow would dream of their next lover.