Sunday October 30 at 10.30pm on THE HISTORY CHANNEL
Halloween began centuries ago as a pagan holiday that honoured the dead. It warned of a netherworld of spirits and ghosts. Now it’s morphed into a day for breaking rules, pushing boundaries and wearing disguises. Our modern Halloween traditions have ancient roots, people were g g gg g g going door to door and begging for treats on Halloween night back in the Middle Ages. And Halloweens past have been wilder and more dangerous than they are now, during the depression, Halloween became so violent and destructive civil authorities had to step in and prevent wide-spread vandalism in cities across America. Their solution, the ritual of “trick or treat,” now generates $2 billion dollars in candy sales each season. But no matter how many jack-o-lanterns get carved or kids yell “trick-or-treat!” Halloween is still all about the “scare.” Two thousand years and counting, and we still like to be scared on the night of October 31.