No tricks, just treats….how much do you really know about Halloween?
- According to History.com, Halloween traditions began 2,000 years ago with the Celts. They believed that on the night before their new year, November 1, the boundary between the worlds of the living and dead became blurred.
- On the night of October 31 the Celts celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. To commemorate the event, Druids built huge bonfires where people gathered to burn crops and offer sacrifices to Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes made mostly from animal heads and skins.
- Halloween began to lose its religious connotation in the 1800s, becoming a more secular community-based children’s holiday.
- The holiday made its way to America with European immigrants. With rigid protestant beliefs in New England, Halloween celebrations were very limited.
- The first distinctive American celebrations included “play parties,” public events held to celebrate the harvest, where neighbors would share stories of the dead, and sing and dance.
- Halloween lost most of its superstitious and religious connotations by the beginning of the twentieth century.
- By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a community-centered holiday with parades and town-wide parties. During this time vandalism began to be a problem in many communities.
- Between 1920 and 1950, the practice of trick-or-treating was revived. Families could theoretically prevent tricks being played on them by providing the neighborhood children with small treats.
- The American Halloween tradition was born and continues to grow. Today, Americans spend an estimated $6.9 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday.
We are delighted to be producing, along with NBC San Diego and Ashford University, the 2nd annual Salute to Service Festival. Join us on Sunday, October 28, 2012 aboard the USS Midway for a family friendly day of kids entertainment, live bands, food and local vendors.
Come meet Bitsie Tullock, who plays the character Juliette on NBC’s smash hit GRIMM, along with NBC San Diego talent!
Admit it, one of the first things you do when you check into a hotel room is look out the window to take in the view. Unfortunately, most views are nothing to write home about. How many times have you just looked out over the parking lot, into the office building next door or into a brick wall? You need a much better travel agent, if this is the case! We can help! When you do get treated to an amazing view, it makes all the difference! Check out these spectacular hotel room views around the world. We are giving you a little mental break from your busy day….