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Sunday, 31 October 2010

Halloween colours & their meaning


If you walk into any retail store that sells Halloween costumes, or decorations, you will find masses of black and orange items. Most Halloween candies are also in black and orange wrappers. You know that it’s Halloween time, because the distinctive colour combination is only used for this season.
Have you ever wondered about the meaning of Halloween colours?

Orange is the colour of autumn (the season when Halloween is celebrated), which is derived from the colour of the leaves. Pumpkins are also orange. Many people use pumpkins to carve them into scary jack-o-lanterns with lit candles inside. Jack-o-lanterns are used to scare off evil spirits. Orange is also the colour of the bonfires that burn at Halloween.
Halloween was once (and still may be in some areas) a festival of the dead. Death is usually associated with darkness, absence of light and mourning signified by the colour black. Black cats, witches’ hats and cauldrons are also black.
Traditionally, Halloween is always celebrated after sunset. The blackness of the night hides the celebrants’ tricks if they don’t receive any treats.
Neon green and purple are also common colours during Halloween nowadays. The green usually represents some sort of witch's brew or monster slime and purple seems to be replacing black because it's brighter and represents the fun of the holiday, instead of the dark side of it.  

Did you know?

Anoka, in Minnesota, was the first city to officially observe Halloween as a holiday in the United States in 1921. It is considered that "Halloween Capital of the World".

Cool Link:

A site containing popular halloween pages such as Halloween Customs, History & Origin, Pranks & Tricks, Recipes, Superstitions, Trivia & Fun Facts and Urban Legends.

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