Regardless of its early ties to the Celtic celebration Samhain (pronounced “sow-wen”), Halloween is a uniquely American vacation. Till lately it was solely within the U.S. that we collectively mark October 31 by dressing in costume and sending our kids door-to-door to ask the neighbors for sweet, and even that could be a comparatively new custom.
On this week’s Gastropod, Nicola Twilley and Cynthia Graber staff up with historians Joanne Freeman and Heather Cox Richardson, the cohosts of Now & Then, additionally on the Vox Media Podcast Community. Collectively, they give the impression of being again at how Halloween grew to become so large in the US and, on a candy observe, the way it grew to become synonymous with fun-size chocolate bars.
Freeman, a specialist within the Revolutionary Warfare time interval and its aftermath at Yale College, describes Halloween as “one thing to do with marriage, and