Okay, let us brush up on the word history of the second top grossing holiday (only next to Christmas), Halloween. This trick-or-treating spree which creeps the heck out of phobic fellows (Why spiders, blood, darkness, clowns… and of course, ghosts!) and elates the sweet tooth and mischievous kids of all age dates back as early as 1700s.
Halloween is taken from “All Hallos Eave” when people would try to communicate with the dead. According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast influenced by Celtic harvest festivals with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots. Hallow means holy or saintly and All Hallows Eve is the night before All Saints’ Day. It was later shortened to Hallowe’en then Halloween (and also called Hallowtide, Hallowmas, Alhallow-mas, and several other names). So while you are scoring those sweets, remember that this day is dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints, martyrs, and of course, our departed loved ones. “If you remember me, I don’t care if everyone else forgets” – Kafka On The Shore, Haruki Murakami