Do you have any idea how an old pagan ritual became a popular holiday for children? Here are some fun facts you might want to know about Halloween:
Most experts believe that druids were first seen in Halloween. Way back in 700 BC, a festival known as Samhain was celebrated on November 1. In the following years, the night became popularly known as the Eve of Hallows or Hallow Even or Hallow e'en.
The word “witch” originally comes from the word “wicca,” which is a Saxon word, which means “wise one.”
Trick-or-Treat started on the evening before the Samhain festival. People usually leave food outside their doors to keep hungry spirits from entering their house. From then on, people who attend festivals wear costumes as that of a witch, goblin or ghosts to portray a wandering spirit.
Black cats, which are known customary icons, were believed to be protectors of witches' powers against negative forces.
Vampire bats, which are known for drinking blood, do not come from Transylvania. Instead, these creatures are from south and central America.