Neighbors call one Plymouth resident’s Halloween decorations disturbing
Statistics show that Halloween is the second most celebrated holiday in the United States. Do you need proof? It’s estimated that the nation’s candy makers earn an average of $2 billion during the Halloween season. That’s $2 billion in less than a week! Unbelievable, right?
Well, we all know that Halloween is a famous holiday that is celebrated (and feared) by millions of people every year, and like many other holidays, Halloween has a pretty fascinating story to tell. Below are 10 of the most unusual and probably unknown facts about this fun and mysterious holiday.
There’s no need to worry. These facts are extremely safe and won’t take your breath away unless you’re wearing good grabby socks!
Jacuzzi flashlights were originally made from turnips, as they were abundant in Ireland. However, when the pumpkin tradition was introduced to America, pumpkins were used as a substitute, as turnips were not common in this country. Since then, pumpkins have been attributed to the feast.
The legend of Jack-O-Lanterns began with a man named Jack. This particular Jack is said to have managed to trick the devil into paying for his drink. The devil took his revenge on Jack by condemning his soul to wander the earth with pale coal from hell. Jack made a lantern out of a turnip, but the burning coal in it, and used it to lead people astray.
It is believed that Halloween has its origin in the “Samhain”, a Celtic festival where the door to the spirit world is opened and the spirits can roam freely in our world. People then disguised themselves as ghosts to hide their human identity and prevent them from being consumed by the paranormal.
Trick or treating began as “desecration”, a practice in which poor people knock on doors and ask for food. In exchange for what they receive, the poor will pray for the dead in that house. Many people saw “desecration” as a way to help the less privileged. Rich families were forced to give to the poor to help them prepare for the harsh winter ahead.
In the United States, it was said that it was the Irish who instigated the practice of “Trick or Treat” in the country. Unlike the latter, where candy was provided to the poor, trick-or-treating was said to be the cause of the disaster in the country. As the Irish were known for their Halloween pranks, the Americans supposedly tried to avoid the Irish pranks by giving them candy instead.
Today witches are portrayed as evil. But if we examine the origin of the word, the term “witch” originally meant “wise woman. In those days, witches were highly regarded. However, their reputation changed in the Middle Ages, when it was believed that witches at that time had the ability to transform themselves into black cats, which caused problems and spying among the inhabitants. The legend also says that Halloween was a night on the calendar when witches were supposed to gather.
In Salem, Massachusetts, also known as the “City of Witches”, you can find some people in witches’ costumes, although Halloween is still a long way off. People have even gone so far as to describe the town as a place where Halloween is celebrated 365 days a year.
Halloween also involves many interesting superstitions. According to tradition, on a Halloween night, if women wanted to see their future husband’s face, they would hold a mirror and a candle and step backward to go down the stairs. Their future husband’s reflection would then appear in the mirror. There is also a superstition of Halloween that brings bad luck. One of them says that if you find a thimble on your Halloween cake, you might have bad luck in the love department next year.
The Mexican holiday, Dia de Muertos, is often confused with the Mexican version of Halloween. In fact, for Mexicans, the Day of the Dead (celebrated on November 1) is actually a day of embracing and celebrating death. Far from resembling Halloween, it is based largely on the fear of death. Mexicans believe that mourning would offend the dead, so they celebrate the lives of their dead with drinks, food, and other things that the deceased enjoyed when they were alive.
They probably thought it was just candy, but no. Halloween is a multi-billion dollar industry, and the candy is only one reason. To date, billions of dollars are also spent collectively on Halloween costumes, decorations, cards, and pumpkins… (Laughs) Absolutely! All of this has helped make Halloween the second most profitable party, just a place after Christmas.
Halloween decorations gone too far? In one Plymouth neighborhood, some people say their neighbor crossed a line with a disturbing display of naked dolls hanging from a tree. The people who live at the home are out of town on vacation I’m told but it’s clear from the gravestones in the front yard, and the skulls along their sidewalk that they love Halloween. How they chose to decorate the side of their home some people think went too far.