Fun facts and customs about Halloween in Telford
13th October 2015
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Halloween is an annual celebration that takes place on 31st October.  Here are some fun facts and nuggets of information that you may or may not have heard before:

  1. Fun Fact: The Christian Church encouraged people not to eat meat on All Hallows Eve so it became traditional to eat fruit and vegetables. This is the reason apples, sweets and cakes became associated with Halloween.
  2. Fun Fact: The word Halloween originated around 1745 and means Hallowed Evening. It is derived from a Scottish word for All Hallows Eve.
  3. Fun Fact: Halloween is said to be the perfect night to see the future as it is a time when the boundaries between the living and the dead are thin.
  4. Custom: Carve an apple and toss the peel over your shoulder and this will reveal the first letter of your future husband’s name.
  5. Custom: Sit in a dark room, look in the mirror and the face of your future husband is said to appear
  6. Custom: Scottish girls believed that if they hung wet sheets in front of the fire on Halloween they would see an image of their future husband.
  7. Fun Fact: Before pumpkins became available, turnips would be used and would be carved into scary faces to frighten people.
  8. Custom: If you wear your clothes inside out and walk backwards on Halloween, you will see a witch at midnight.

 

Have you heard these facts or customs before?   But more importantly …… do you believe them?

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