History of Halloween Decor
With Halloween around the corner, you must be busy sprucing your home with creepy décor in the spookiest way possible! But do you know about the history of some of the most popular décor items used during Halloween? Let us find out!
Halloween is almost synonymous with Jack-o-lanterns whether they are smiling, sad, or glaring! Nowadays, they are made of pumpkins, but turnips have also been used eons ago. Legend states that a prankster named Jack trapped the devil in the branches of a tree and refused to let him down. He relented on making the devil promise that regardless of his behavior, Jack’s soul would never end up in hell. When Jack died his evil deeds prohibited entry in heaven, while the devil stuck to his bargain and didn’t toss him in hell either, so his soul is forced to roam the earth till the end of time. The devil threw an ember to Jack to burn in a turnip, thus giving birth to the first Jack-o-Lantern.
They have always been associated with bad luck, since the Middle Ages. Black cats were said to be companions to witches and warlocks. Sometimes black cats were said to be gifts to witches from Satan; others went as far to say that the black cat was the devil himself in disguise.
Skeletons have been used as Halloween décor for ages. Celtic people view the skull as the house of the soul. History states that during the days surrounding the celebration of Samhain, the dead had the ability to roam the earth and mingle amongst the living during these festivities. Locals would then dress up to appear dead and ward off evil spirits.
Cauldrons & Broomsticks
Witchcraft plays an integral role during this time. Tales of women serving the devil by brewing concoctions in their simmering cauldron and casting spells have done the rounds for ages. Rumors also ran amok with even crazier ideas such as poisonous substances or hallucinogens being placed on broomsticks, so that witches could ride on them and experience the full effect.
Going back to a time before Celts celebrated the holiday of Samhain, a part of the festivities happened around bonfires. The fires were built for animal sacrifices to pagan gods worshipped by Celts and people to dance around it. The bonfire attracted several bugs, and bats would hover to eat them. Once vampire bats were discovered in the 17th century, the bat became even more associated with evil.
Now that you know more about Halloween decorations, do share the knowledge when guests drop in!