Halloween in the 19th century

So, obviously you're still stuck in the 19th century. You say you're bored? You want to know what might be coming up for you that'll be fun? 
What about Halloween? You've always loved Halloween, right?


The practice of Halloween may have originated in a Celtic (Medieval Europe) festival, held on October 31st to mark the beginning of winter.
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."


Victorian Halloween parties were common in the late 1800s, and were filled with fun and laughter. Some came from medieval superstition, but others were plain and simple fun. Games such as bobbing for apples were popular, as was finding a ring in a piece of cake for young ladies (which signified the soon arrival of the young woman's future husband).

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.


The first known Halloween "dressing up" was  documented by a reporter in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1911, when children were noticed to disguise themselves as they walked around the neighbourhood. And the earliest use of the term "trick or treat" was published in 1927 in the province of Alberta.
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!