Oh Hey Friday. Halloween Edition.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

I am so ready for tonight. We’re taking Sydney TOTing for the first time and I think she’s going to be super excited about 2 things. The candy (because duh, who wouldn’t) and the pumpkins (because she’s obsessed). So in honor of Halloween I’m dishing out five random Halloween facts you probably know but maybe you don’t.

One.

This is the cutest ladybug ever. Obviously.

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(and please ignore the random patched part of our wall… Buddy chewed our wall. Seriously. It’s also been there for much longer than I’d care to actually admit. Shamefully.)

Two.

Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday. After Christmas of course.

Which makes total sense. That costume? $20 (but thanks to Cartwheel and my RedCard it was only $12). She will wear it once. But I also had to buy a black shirt and pants to go with it because Halloween is a cold weather holiday around here and I want her to be warm. Plus all the candy we buy? Yeah. Halloween is an expensive day. Worth it, but expensive. Just like Christmas.

Three.

“Souling” is a medieval Christian precursor to modern-day trick-or-treating. On Hallowmas (November 1), the poor would go door-to-door offering prayers for the dead in exchange for soul cakes

Four.

Irish legend has it that one day the devil himself came to take the soul of a thieving man named Jack. But Jack managed to trick the devil, making him promise to never take his soul. After eventually living a long life, Jack tried to enter the Pearly Gates, but could not, for he had lived a life of evil. He then attempted to enter Hell, but the devil kept his word, being no big fan of Jack anyway. When Jack complained of having no way to see, the devil laughed at him and threw him a glowing ember, which he fashioned into a lantern using a turnip in his pocket. He became Jack Of The Lantern, doomed to aimlessly walk the Earth with nowhere to go. While the legends may sound incredible, they were based on a real phenomenon. Swamp gasses that interact with decaying matter will sometimes give off a strange light that seems to vanish when you get closer. Before we had a scientific explanation, people believed these were trapped souls who could enter neither heaven nor hell and would lead you astray. Some legends say the Irish would use turnips or beets to create jack-o’-lanterns—for multiple purposes. The lanterns were sometimes used as a means of honoring those souls trapped in purgatory, but their mocking faces were also used to scare away evil spirits.

Five.

A 1951 Peanuts comic strip can be credited with the popular spread of trick or treating as we know it nationwide. So dress up as Snoopy if you want to be historically accurate.

I, for one, love the movie It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and so there was no way I wasn’t including this tiny tid-bit.

I probably spent way too much time researching five random Halloween facts… all the sources for these facts are below because the only one I can take credit for is Number One. She looks too much like me to deny her 😉 If you’re bored visit those sites… some of these things I legitimately didn’t know and some of them I’ve heard in similar versions.

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Halloween!

(source for two and three. source for four. source for five.)

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