Halloween is a celebration observed by western Christians and many non-Christians around the world on 31st October annually. With the origin of Halloween and its modern customs show it to be a celebration based on false beliefs about the dead and invisible spirits or demons.
Jack ‘O’ Lanterns known as Halloween pumpkins
Legend has it, Stingy Jack – often described as a blacksmith, invited the devil to join him for a drink.
However, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for the drinks from his own pocket, and convinced the devil to turn himself into a coin that could be used to settle the tab. The devil did so, but Jack skipped out on the bill and kept the devil-coin in his pocket with a silver cross so that the devil couldn’t shift back to his original form. Jack eventually let the devil loose, but made him promise that he wouldn’t seek revenge on Jack, and wouldn’t claim his soul when he died.
Later, Jack irked the devil again by convincing him to climb up a tree to pick some fruit, then carved a cross in the trunk so that the devil couldn’t climb back down. Jack freed him again, on the condition that the devil once again neither take revenge nor claim Jack’s soul.
When Stingy Jack eventually died, God would not allow him into heaven, and the devil, keeping his word, rejected Jack’s soul at the gates of hell. Jack was sent off into the night with only a burning coal to light his path. He placed the coal inside a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the earth ever since.
Halloween Costumes & Candy
Like several other Halloween activities, the tradition can be traced back to the Middle Ages and the rituals of Samhain. It was believed that ghosts and spirits walked the Earth on the night of Samhain, so people would dress up as spirits themselves in an effort to fool the real deal into thinking they were of the same kind.
This act was called “guising.” As the Catholic Church started supplanting pagan festivals with their own holidays (like All Saints’ Day), the act of guising became popular and poor children and adults would go door to door dressed as angels or spirits on Hallowmas begging for food or money in exchange for songs and prayers. This was called “souling” which is known as “trick-or-treat” in North America.
Children of all ages dress up in costumes and travel from house to house to receive treats in response to their call of “trick or treat!”
The phrase is a subtle suggestion that if a treat (like candy) is given, then the child will not perform a “trick” (mischief) on the owner of the house.
While some forerunner to trick or treat in ancient Celtic customs, modern trick-or-treat is thought to be a custom borrowed from guising or mumming in England, Scotland, and Ireland. These involve dressing in costume and singing a rhyme, doing a card trick, or telling a story in exchange for a sweet.
Best Time for Neighborhood Trick or Treat
Be aware that many towns and municipalities now set aside specific times for trick-or-treating. If you’re just looking for a general idea, most areas allow (or encourage) trick-or-treating between 5.30 and 9.30p.m.
What people usually do on Halloween Day specifically in Singapore?
They usually would attend the Halloween Carnival Show at Universal Studios and UE Square to spine tingling events for kids at KidZania and SuperPark, along with the neighborhood trick or treating in Singapore.
Halloween is one of the most cherished festivals in the west. People like to celebrate it with full zeal and zest.
They bring out the different dressed, children mainly participate in this event, and everyone enjoys the day with various type of get-ups. With some general information on how Halloween goes about, try going to places with such celebrations and enjoy the festive feel of it.