Posted by Steve Yeich | Posted in Humor article | Posted on 27-10-2011
With Halloween just a few days away it got me to wondering about a lot of things. The main thought that keeps buzzing around in my head is what does someone like Frankenstein dress up as on Halloween?
There are many ideas about where the Halloween tradition started. One theory is that some farmers got together because these plants called pumpkins were growing wild in their fields and stifling all the other plants. They figured they had to do something about this and they were all sitting around outside of a barn looking all depressed with very long faces when a witch flew by on her broom to feed her black cat that she kept on the farm. She saw the farmers and said to them, “You know, if you let your face stay like that for too long it’ll stick and it will look like you’re wearing a mask.” (She was a motherly witch.)
They told her that was really stupid and asked her what she wanted there. She told them she was there to feed her black cat but also she wanted to know if any of the farmers were growing cocoa because she wanted to start a candy factory.
They said that it was ridiculous for a witch to start a candy factory and they couldn’t grow cocoa because of all the stupid pumpkins. She told them she’d take the pumpkins off their hands if they’d grow some cocoa and they struck a deal and Halloween was born…Naw! I’m just kidding. It’s obvious there was no truth to that story because it had no sugar.
Here’s the real story. (It must be true because I got at least one of these fact off the Internet.) The history of Halloween goes back over 2,000 years. The earliest Halloween celebrations were by Celtic people, most notably Larry Bird and Bill Russell. They worshipped a Sun God, I’m thinking this was Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns, because he is a future Hall of Famer. They celebrated their New Year on November 1st. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. There was most likely an NBA strike going on back then too, because it is coincidentally when The NBA normally starts and the people needed something to fill in their time because baseball season was over and the NFL only plays on Sunday.
They would then perform ceremonies through the night and wear costumes such as animal heads and skins which was not only the forerunner to Halloween costumes but also to sports team mascots like the San Diego Chicken and the Phillie Phanatic.
They would sit around the fire and make predictions about the future. People would make bets on these predictions and some of them would be fixed to favor the house and that was the beginnings of bookies.
About 1,000 AD they combined Halloween with a celebration called Soul Day. The founder of Nike was not a good speller and thought it was Sole day so he founded his sneaker company.
There you have it. I’m sure you were not expecting something so educational when you started reading this and I’ll bet very few people knew there was such a close relationship between Halloween and the sports world.