Halloween History – And a Sweet Deal for You

Halloween is less than a week away, and The Green Solution® is treating you to something sweet – if you have a Loyalty Card, that is! For three days only (Monday, October 30 – Wednesday, November 1st), Loyalty Card members will get an extra 10% off. If you’re ordering online, just enter Loyalty10 as the coupon code. If you’re shopping in-store, your Retail Associate will apply the code for you when you check out. Consider it another way that TGS is helping you celebrate Halloween!

While you’re frantically prepping your costume, here are a few facts about Halloween for you to ponder:

  • The holiday originated as the ancient festival of Samhain, or the Celtic new year. The Celts believed that on that day, the realms of the living and the dead were blurred, and ghosts returned to earth.
  • As Christianity spread into ancient lands, the church had a habit of incorporating existing Pagan traditions into its own calendar. Thus in 1000 A.D., November 1st became All Saints’ Day, the Christian day to honor the dead. All Saints’ Day was known as Alholowmesse in Middle English, and the night before it was All-Hallows Eve, which eventually became Halloween.
  • Trick-or-treating, as well, grew out of an older tradition. During early British celebrations of All Saints’ Day, the poor went door to door to beg for food. In return for their promise to pray for the householders’ dead relatives, the beggars would be given pastries called “soul cakes.” This practice was referred to as “going a-souling,” and was the precursor to modern trick-or-treating.
  • As for the tradition of costumes, that too grew out of Samhain. Given that the veil between the dead and the living was so thin on that day, Celts feared they’d be attacked by ghosts. That’s why they took to wearing masks to confuse the dead. If a ghost can’t recognize you, apparently it will leave you alone.

Now, get out there and confuse some ghosts, gather some soul cakes, and take 10% off your Halloween booty at TGS!