Reviewing the most important milestones that have led us to Halloween in the twentieth century allows us to better understand the events that created this popular holiday. Modern day Halloween began nearly two thousand years ago by a group known as the ‘Celts” where is now the United Kingdom, Ireland, and northern France. They celebrated New Year’s Eve on October 31st of each year with a festival known as “Samhain” or “Lord of the Dead”. By 800 AD, Christianity had spread to the Celtics and the festival of the dead was replaced with a church-sanctioned holiday by the seventh century. This night soon became known as “All Hollows Eve” or Halloween. Here you will learn about the events, or milestones, that led up to our modern day Halloween.
The Halloween Capital of the World
In 1920, the Anoka, Minnesota leaders recommended that the town celebrate an event now known as Halloween. During the event, a Halloween parade took place where children could march and collect candy, peanuts, popcorn, and various other treats. Since then, Anoka has celebrated this every year and receives the title of “Halloween Capital of the World”.
Wilton’s Halloween Treats
Since their start in 1929, Wilton Enterprises has developed the best selection of candy and cookie making, baking, and cake decorating tools, accessories and ingredients. The company supplied all the tools needed to create wonderful Halloween treats. They also offered a holiday class to teach people how to create these holiday treats with a creepy twist.
Halloween War of the Worlds
In 1938, Mercury Theatre radio celebrated Halloween with an adaptation of the chilling tale “War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells. The Halloween special was hosted by Orson Welles and began at 8:00 PM on Halloween night. Listeners were told that there was an invasion from Mars and many people believed the story as the real thing.
Marshmallow Peeps Candies
Since 1952, those cute little peeps candies have been making children smile during the holidays. Halloween Peeps show spooky characters, including pumpkins, cats, and ghosts. With a basic list of ingredients such as gelatin, carnauba wax, and sugar, Peeps have stood out from the crowd when it comes to delicious Halloween treats.
A Charlie Brown Halloween
How could anyone forget about the 1966 classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” from the Charles Shultz “Peanuts” comic strip? This classic cartoon is one for the children and adults with a kid’s soul. In the cartoon, Linus is waiting for the Great Pumpkin while his friends trick-or-treat. Will his wish come true?
Halloween Horror Films
It all began in 1978 with the classic horror movie with the mere budget of $300,000.00, “Halloween”. After being released to the public in theatres, “Halloween” became one of the highest-grossing independent films. The movie crew used the cheapest props that they could find, including a William Shatner, Captain Kirk mask.
Pumpkin Masters Kits
Even today, the “Pumpkin Masters Pumpkin Carving Kit” has remained increasingly popular during the Halloween season. The first of these carving kits were developed in 1987 by Paul Bardeen. Creating jack-o-lanterns have never been the same and each year, new templates are provided to give the pumpkin a custom made look.
Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror
The 1990 Fox Television “Simpsons” special called the “Treehouse of Horror” became one of the most well-known episodes. The yearly Halloween episodes were anticipated by Simpson fans each year. Unfortunately, Fox never released the entire collection onto DVD. The “Treehouse of Horror” featured several chilling tales, each in their own independent segment on the episode.
Martha Stewart’s Halloween
In 1999, Martha Stewart’s Halloween Special “Bad Things, Good Things” aired on cable television to allow viewers to get a glimpse of her love for the holiday. The episode featured the making of scary crafts, decorations and Halloween tips. The “Martha Stewart Living” magazine has also featured several special Halloween issues over the years.