Here are some interesting, cultural and strange facts about Halloween that you are sure to find intriguing. For example, were you aware that there are differences between witches and warlocks, and that fairies can be found lurking around during this spooky celebration, too? Read on for more.
When talking about witches, people usually think about women who have certain supernatural powers. Well, warlocks would be the male counterpart of witches and they ride pitchforks in place of brooms. In Scotland, warlocks refer simply to male witches or wizards, but the term ‘warlock’ itself actually translates to oath-breaker or deceiver. A lot of Wicca practitioners nowadays avoiding using this term because they find it offensive and thus refer to themselves as male witches instead.
Some strange facts about Halloween involve witches having animal companions called familiars that aren’t exactly regular animals. Apparently, they are spirits shaped as animals that willing serve their owners by taking on various roles like bewitching enemies or spying on them. One famous spirit animal would be the black cat, although owls, wolves, dogs, ravens, and crows are also used sometimes. The black cat is the most well-known one, though, because it also known to be a shape shifter. People say that witches can change into black cats just by reciting spells and can therefore travel around to do evil things without drawing attention to themselves.
In several cultures, fairies are associated to Halloween, as well. In Ireland, for instance, people believe fairies to be fallen angels. So, to protect their kids from possible harm, parents place a salt and oatmeal mixture on their children’s heads.
Ireland also has a custom of lighting candles on Halloween for deceased relatives. Candles are also lighted on every window sill to keep evil spirits away and to help departed souls get home safely.
Another one of the strange facts about Halloween colors, black and orange are primarily used because black shows the coming of the dark winter and orange shows the presence of the autumn harvest.