Fun Halloween Facts to share with the class
How much does your class know about why we celebrate Halloween, why we go trick or treating or why we wear costumes?
Below are some fun facts to share with the class.
1) Halloween is a combination of several different celebrations.
2) Today's tradition of Halloween is influenced by various ancient European religious beliefs.
3) Irish Gaelic cultures celebrated a harvest festival between October 31st and November 1st, this was called Samhain, which means summers end. This was a big festival to signify the end of the summer and harvesting season and the start of the winter. (fun facts.org)
(Image: Spirituality Liverpool, 2015)
4) Halloween was brought to the US by Irish and Scottish immigrants during the late 18th century to the early 19th century.
5) Dressing up in costumes was once a way to hide from ghosts. The tradition came from people hiding from the spirits who were believed to return this time of year. During this time people would put food on the front door to keep the spirits at bay, from there came trick or treating.
(Image: Encyclopedia of clothing and fashion, 2010)
6) Orange and black are seen as the colours of Halloween, this is believed to be because Orange is seen throughout autumn's changing leaves and is a symbol of strength and endurance, while black is typically the color of death.
Halloween is a great time of the year for fun class activities and craft ideas.
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