Scaredy Cat Halloween Facts

In celebration of our new children’s eBook, Scaredy Cat, we thought it would be a cool thing to give you a few Halloween facts to share with your little one.

Did you know that Halloween is an ancient tradition that has developed over thousands of years? It is thought that Halloween originally comes from an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain (about 2,000 years ago). During the festival, as the summer ended and the winter was to begin, people would light bonfires and wear costumes to protect themselves from ghosts.

The Celts lived in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Northern France and they celebrated the New Year on November 1. The day marked the end of summer and the beginning of winter. Winter 2,000 years ago was harsh and because of the cold and lack of food, many people would unfortunately die. The last night of the year (October 31) and the first day of the New Year (November 1) was seen as a time when the boundaries between the living and the dead became blurred.

Over time, during the eighth century, Pope Gregory III deemed November 1 as a day to honor saints and martyrs. This new holiday, All Saints Day, was born from the traditions of Samhain and the night before All Saints Day became known as All Hallows’ Eve, or Halloween.

Did you know that the Halloween tradition of trick or treating probably dates back to All Souls Day in England when during the festival, poor citizens would beg for food and would then be given “soul cakes”. The practice of giving food became know as “going a-souling” and was then taken up by children who would visit neighboring houses in the hope of being given drink, food or money.

In ancient times, the Celts would carve jack-o’-lanterns from turnips for Halloween. They would do this in remembrance of past souls held in purgatory. But as people came to America, they started to use the native pumpkin instead which is much softer and easier to carve. Nowadays, carving pumpkins for Halloween has become the norm through the world.

The Halloween tradition of wearing costumes comes from the need to hide from ghosts. The Celts and other European people thought that ghosts would appear on Halloween. To avoid attention or being recognized, people would wear masks if they left home in the evening. During Halloween, people would also put bowls of food outside of their house to distract ghosts and keep them from coming into their homes.

Other Halloween traditions have ceased to be popular in modern times. One such ritual was believed to help young women identify their future husbands. It was said that if a young woman peeled an apple and then tossed the peel over their shoulder, it would land on the floor and form the letter of their future husband’s first name.

The telling of ghost stories on Halloween is a popular tradition. Whether it’s a scary movie or a traditional Halloween ghost story, people like to be scared, just for a short time in a safe environment!

While not particularly terrifying, Scaredy Cat is a wonderful story to share with your child. Scaredy Cat is scared of everything and only one thing can make him feel better!

You can get your copy of Scaredy Cat now for your iPhone or iPad from the iBookstore

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