Check out these awesome facts on all things October!

"There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October." 

  - Nathaniel Hawthorne 

October Origins:

October was once referred to as “Winterfylleth” because it had the first full moon of the winter. October’s full moon is still sometimes called the “Full Hunter’s Moon” and this year it falls on October 24th. Now October literally translates to the “eighth month”, even though the addition of January and February into our calendar year makes it the tenth month.

October Birthstones:

Opal and Pink Tourmaline

                   

October Flower:

Calendula

 

October Zodiac Signs:

Libra (September 23rd - October 23rd) and Scorpio (October 23rd - November 21st)

                                

A Brief History of Halloween:

Traced all the way back to the ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain, Halloween originally celebrated the end of harvesttime and the beginning of the “dark half” of the year with fewer hours of daylight. During Samhain, people believed the worlds of the living and the dead could interact.

The Irish began lighting and carving demonic faces into turnips to frighten away the bad spirits that would come out during Samhain. This eventually would turn into the tradition of carving Jack-O-Lanterns, as pumpkins were more plentiful in the United States.

As Christianity spread, Samhain was turned into “All Hallows’ Eve”, as it fell the night before “All Hallows’ Day” or “All Saint’s Day”, a Christian holiday honoring Catholic Saints. From “All Hallows’ Eve” came the American word “Halloween”, and we celebrate now with trick-or-treating, costumes, scary decorations and more!

October Holidays: