Congrats to the marketing team at Quicken Loans – The Flintstone crew won The Best Group award at today’s festivities. It’s a bit scary how much Clay resembles Fred Flintstone. Boo!
There was much discussion on the radio show I listened to this morning about schools in the Metro Detroit area changing Halloween to “Harvest” or “Fall” festivals due to the term (and celebration of the day itself) Halloween having a religious background. I realized quickly I had no idea where Halloween came from.
After some research, I found the name Halloween is Scottish in origin and is short for "All Hallow’s Eve," the night before "All Hallow’s Day," or All Saint’s Day. That day was set by Pope Boniface IV to honor the Catholic saints. Later, Pope Gregory III changed All Saint’s Day to November 1, setting our traditional Halloween day to October 31. All Saint’s Day is a time to honor saints and martyrs also know as The Day of the Dead. The Day of the Dead was celebrated with big bonfires, parades, costumes.
Trick or Treating came to light during early celebrations of All Saint’s Day in England. During the celebration of those who had passed, poor citizens would beg for food and families would trade them food in return for their promise to pray for their dead relatives. I wonder if any of the kids I give candy to pray for my relatives.
Today, it’s the second largest commercial holiday in America and as a country we spend nearly $7 billion on it annually. When you’re celebrating today, just remember why Halloween started – it’s a day to celebrate those who have died.