While Halloween may have been taken over by petite princesses and pint-sized pirates, the fact is that this haunted holiday hasn’t always been all about the little ones. Let’s take a look back at the long-ago start of this holiday, along with some creative culinary ways for fright night-loving grownups to take back the night.
Historians date the origins of Halloween back 2,000 years to Samhaim, an ancient Celtic festival during which people would don costumes and light sacred bonfires. The purpose? To keep evil spirits at bay on the eve of their then-New Year, which was celebrated on November 1st.
Of course, times were different then; the end of summer and onset of winter did not typically bode well for human health and welfare. Samhain was therefor celebrated in the hopes of promoting a peaceful season free of havoc-wreaking otherworldly spirits during the troubling “darker half” of the year.
Years later, the rise of the Roman Empire led to the designation of the November 1st holiday as a festival to celebrate both saints and martyrs. Similar in spirit to Samhain, the event was dubbed All Saints Day or All-hallows. The preceding evening? All-hallows Eve, AKA Halloween.
Halloween in America
While early Halloween celebrations were limited at best during colonial times due to frivolity-fearing Protestant beliefs, it was during this time period that the current version of Halloween began to emerge as the rare chance for settlers to celebrate the harvest and enjoy autumnal festivities.
It wasn’t until the second half of the 19th century that immigrants from Ireland arrived with the custom of dressing up and going door to door for money or sweets. While this version of Halloween was also originally rooted in superstition and religion, it gradually became the community-centered, secular holiday we celebrate today.
Halloween for Grownups
A recent CNN article indicates that while Halloween was “once dominated by children,” the holiday has increasingly been co-opted by adults. And why not? After all, you don’t need to be under the age of 18 to enjoy donning a fun costume and celebrating mischief night revelry with a few family members or a couple hundred of your closest friends.
However, indulging your sweet tooth is very different today than it was back in your indiscriminate youth. Thanks to today’s mail order food options, today’s gourmet sweets are sure to please even the most sophisticated palates. Whether you follow up a long night of trekking around town with extraordinary artisan chocolate covered caramels from San Diego’s Le Petit Mousse Chocolates, or serve up an anything-but-ghastly, candy-bedecked cheesecake at your Halloween costume party, these festive flavors make the perfect addition for everything from quiet nights of handing out candy to boisterous neighborhood bashes.
This October 31st, stop dipping into your kids’ Halloween baskets and instead commit to enjoying your own trick-free treats thanks to today’s Halloween-themed gourmet mail order food chocolates, cookies, and other confections. Whether you’re shopping for unique hostess gifts or simply for a Halloween night treat for you and yours, look no further than FoodyDirect.