Happy Halloween from In The Bag!
Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.
So whatever you’re beliefs whether it be honoring the dead or just a great time to spend with the kids collecting candy and cavities! We’d like for everyone to have a safe and fun-filled Halloween evening with your friends, family, and loved ones!
Halloween Fun Facts:
- US growers produce over 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins each year for Halloween
- Each pumpkin contains about 500 seeds
- More than 35 million pounds of candy corn are sold annually on Halloween
- 120 million Americans (children and adults) dress up each year for Halloween