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					         'Tis now the very witching time of night,
         When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
         Contagion to this world.
         ~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet

         Halloween Tricks and
         Treats: Rituals,
         Traditions, and Folklores


By: Roy Chan
Date: October 28, 2008
(not October 31,
2008…muhahahaha!!!!)
Question: According to ancient
superstitions, if you stare into a
mirror at midnight on Halloween,
what will you see?
__________________________
ANSWER: YOUR FUTURE
     SPOUSE
History and Origin
• Started 2,000 years ago in Ireland on
  November 1 during Celtic period
• Celtic celebrated Samhain (Celtic New
  Year at end of harvest season)
• Halloween = All Hallows Even, or All
  Saints Day
   Halloween Comes to
         America
~ Began early 1800s when European immigrated to
America
~ Immigrants from Ireland came to America to
promote Halloween through play parties, telling
stories, dancing, and singing
~ Trick-O-Treating = Community + Love
  Rituals and Traditions in Ireland
• In Ireland, adults and children would dress
  up as ghosts, witches, or zombies and
  celebrate near a bonfire and firework
  displays

• Barmbrack is a traditional Halloween cake
  (fruit bread) eaten in Ireland
   • Used as fortune tell games, where each
      item carries a meaning to the person




   ~ At lunch, the Colcannon (mashed
     potatoes and cabbage) is usually eaten.
      Apple Bobbing/Bobbing for
               Apples
•   First played during Samhain festival in Celtic times
•   Players grab apples only by their teeth
•   In Scotland, they call this game ‘Ducking for Apples’
•   Apples were once associated with love
•   Still played today
                     Folklores
           Maryland: See Future Spouse on Halloween

• If you walk around your house three times with a
  mouthful of water in your mouth on Halloween, the first
  person who you meet will be your future spouse.
• If you walk into a room backward at midnight on
  Halloween and look at your left shoulder, you will see
  your future spouse.
• If you are born on Halloween, you will see your spouse in
  your dreams.
Halloween Films in America
         Halloween Books in America




“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself
          than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
       ~ Henry David Thoreau, American author
  Fun Facts
• The jack-o-lantern tradition comes from an
  old Irish folk tale about a man named
  Stingy Jack.
• 86% of Americans decorate their homes at
  Halloween
• In the movie “Halloween,” the mask worn
  by Michael Meyers is actually the mask of
  William Shatner (Captain James from Star
  Trek)
• Famous magician Harry Houdini died on
  Halloween, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan.
!!HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

				
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