What about Halloween? You've always loved Halloween, right?
The fall season was believed to bring those who had died closer to us. Fortune tellers were sought out during this time of year because it was believed that the separation between the living and the dead decreased and spirits could easily come into our world. Also, it was believed that anything magical became more potent at this time.
In the 19th century, immigrants to Canada, especially from Ireland and Scotland, brought with them the customs of "Halloween", or "All Hallow's Eve."
During these festivities, there were many treats for guests, but not packaged candies, of course. These treats included nuts, fruit, sandwiches, pastries and cheese.
In Scotland, turnips were carved as jack-o-lanterns, but in Canada it soon became the custom to use pumpkins, native to the country.
Trick or treating became a widespread practice in the 1930s when manufactured costumes consisting of vampires, ghosts, skeletons, witches and devils first appeared in North American stores.
According to the Financial Post, consumer spending on clothing, decorations and candy has recently surpassed seven billion dollars in the United States alone.
Now that's spooky!