Halloween: A Surprising Social History
Holiday history is very revealing about culture. Halloween is one of our more misunderstood holidays. It is not about evil forces, but about overpowering them. It spread through most European cultures. Its history includes the harvest, changing religious beliefs, and amusing superstitions. It was once more about courtship and romance than Valentine’s Day. For many years, more Americans sent Halloween postcards than Christmas ones. Halloween practices changed with the times, especially the Baby Boom. Now, Americans spend more money on Halloween than on any other holiday, save Christmas. Come enjoy the historical Halloween!