©2019 by Aimee Spencer Tiemann

  • Aimee Spencer Tiemann

Woo hoo! Witchy Woman

See How High She Fliiiieeessssss



I’ve never liked Halloween.


This is how it usually went as a kid:

  1. Dress up in some ridiculous costume

  2. Walk miles for candy

  3. Turn my candy haul over to my mom

  4. Watch her snatch most of it so she could “give it to less-fortunate kids”

I think on good years I got to keep 10 pieces.


Yep, my mom was the original Jimmy Kimmel, but she really took my Halloween candy. Her nursing instincts wanted to keep me away from sugar.


She would say she didn’t want me to get cavities. What a witch! (KIDDING!)


STILL, I LOVE FALL, AND I LOVE THE KIDS


I love the Fall. Especially growing up in Michigan.


The colors of the leaves change, there is a crisp feeling in the air, and Halloween enthusiasts gear up to “spookify” their homes!


I love the little kids learning to say “trick or treat” for the first time.


I love the elementary school kids curious to know what kind of candy we’re giving away.


I love to see the wild and crazy costumes kids wear.


I love hearing Monster Mash and Thriller on repeat.


BUT DO WE KNOW WHERE HALLOWEEN CAME FROM?


I realized when I sat down to write this post, I had no idea how Halloween began.

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter are no-brainers. But I’m pretty sure Halloween was never discussed in Sunday School.


Guess what, I’m surprised! It started as a religious holiday. Wait, what? I know, I know, keep reading.


I’m not a Wikipedia fan when it comes to doing research, however, the stories all stay consistent with the other articles I researched.


Here’s the lowdown:

  • Halloween began more than 2000 years ago

  • Halloween or Hallowe’en is also known as Allhalloween, All Hallow’s Eve or All Saint’s Day

  • Halloween was originally November 1st and was a three-day event

  • It has been said that Halloween originated from ancient Celtic harvest festival Samhain

  • Samhain has pagan roots and was celebrated October 31 to November 1 to welcome in the harvest and usher in “the dark half of the year”

  • Others argue Halloween began as a Christian holiday to remember the dead, including saints, martyrs and the faithfully departed


HOW DID CANDY COME TO BE?



1916: Candy execs were looking for another holiday to peddle more sweets, since consumers were only buying these treats on Christmas and Easter. So, the second of Saturday became “Candy Day,” later renamed Sweetest Day.


Late 1940’s: Parents wanted an organized activity to keep kids out of trouble and began to encourage neighbors to hand out candy on Halloween, as opposed to coins, trinkets, or baked goods.


1950’s and 1960’s: Candy became the craze for Halloween.


2019: Consumers buy more than 600 MILLION pounds of Halloween candy. To put this in perspective, the Titanic weighed 100 million pounds.


DID THE PEANUTS GANG REALLY MAKE “TRICK OR TREAT” A HOUSEHOLD PHRASE?



1927: It’s been reported that Canada originally coined the phrase “Trick or Treat,” in a print ad.


1951: Children’s magazines, Jack and Jill and Children’s Activities, ran three Peanuts strips featuring Charlie Brown and the gang “Trick or Treating.”


1952: Disney produced a video called Donald Duck – Trick or Treatin.


2019: Kids are screaming it from the rooftops when they arrive at my house!


HALLOWEEN TODAY


Brace yourself, we’re spending BILLIONS on Halloween. More than 172 million people in the U.S. will spend $8.8 billion dollars on Halloween.


So, what is the most popular costume for kids?


Elsa from Frozen is still topping the charts, right next to The Avengers Spiderman.


How about adults?


The most popular is the terrifying clown Pennywise from Stephen King’s IT. Trailing behind are the characters from Stranger Things.


The most popular candy to hand out in order of sales:

  1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

  2. M&M’s

  3. Snicker’s

  4. Hersey’s

  5. Kit Kat

Need a playlist to set the mood for the monsters that will soon be arriving? My favorite girl Oprah, created the 25 Best Halloween songs for your playlist.


I’d love to hear if this history lesson rings true. How does it jibe with what you learned growing up?


More importantly, I want to see the costumes your family is parading around in today!


And, of course, what kind of candy you chose to hand out? You never know I may show up at your house with a dog disguised as a child to get the goods!


Share your day on Instagram with me. Tag me @aimeespencertiemann111


Happy Halloween you witchy women and ghostly guys!