In the 8th century, in a likely decision to distract the Celtic pagan practice, Pope Gregory III established All Hallows Day, in respect to all Saints known and unknown on November 1st.
North Americans arrival of the Puritans brought slow change to the established practices and it was not until the middle of 19th century when a potato famine drove a million starving Irish to North America did traditions begin to change.
Today, Halloween is considered big business from trick or treating, costuming and widely accepted as North American tradition, generating billions of dollars annually.
During the month of October, I have noticed the highest interest in paranormal team recruitment, which leads me to a few questions bordering on a spiritual nature to the community here at “The Soup”.
- Do you believe the public interest in the paranormal associated with Halloween influences paranormal activity?
- Has anyone done any study that loosely aligns activity to special days of interest in general?
- Have you investigated on Halloween in the past and seen a rise in evidence collection?
I personally have mixed feelings on the matter and have not seen what I would consider a correlation.
Please share your thoughts; this could turn into an interesting topic to discuss including tangents.