• Nicole Sherwin

The Very Un-American History Of Halloween

Like most white things in America, Halloween is not native at all.

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This segment is from the podcast episode 'I Don't Know How To Say This, But..." Listen here or where you get your pods.

In the US, Halloween is an $8.8 billion dollar industry. Their children froth candy and the adults froth a pumpkin spice latte, which, what even is that? Personally, as a Melbourne coffee snob, I find the very concept highly offensive. But for some reason in Australia, we’re more desperate than ex-bachie contestants trying to bring back Bachelor in Paradise to get amongst the Halloween hype (probably the free candy). Which, I dunno, I feel like we just don’t need the increased disposable products and consumerism, but that's not what Halloween has always been about. So wtf is this American holiday so that we’re so keen to get a piece of?

Well for starters, it’s not even American. Like most white things in America, it's not native.

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Halloween’s origins date back over 2000 years ago to the Ancient Celtic Pagans in Ireland, Scotland and Wales with a festival called Samhain (sow-win). Their calendar was divided into two halves - the light half and the dark half. Samhain marked the end of summer, and the commencement of the dark half. It was celebrated from Oct 31st - Nov 1st. The celebrants believed that during the night of the 31st, the barriers between the physical and spiritual world break down. This is how the Sanderson sisters in Hocus Pocus were able to come back