Did you know that Halloween has served as the occasion for many historical events?


  • 1517. On October 31 a soon-to-be-ex-priest named Martin Luther launched the (cue pious music) Protestant Reformation.
  • In 1636, just in time for All Hallows Eve, a little seminary for poor ministers called the New College opened in Massachusetts. It later changed its name to (cue expensive music) Harvard University.
  • In 1846 a group of pioneers set out on the arduous trek to California. They came to be known as (cue creepy music) the Donner Party.martian-alien-face-drawing
  • 1919. Prohibition went into effect on October 28, and people refrained. But three days later, on Halloween, they broke out the booze. Prohibition was wildly successful…in increasing organized crime and (cue tommy guns) murder.
  • 1938. The War of the Worlds radio adaptation aired on October 30. By the next day, Halloween, there was widespread panic in the U.S. due to the fact that millions had believed it to be news of an actual (cue alien sound f/x) Martian invasion!
  • 1941. On Halloween day (cue patriotic music) Mount Rushmore opened. Why on Halloween day? I haven’t a clue. untitled.png
  • 1967. Perhaps scariest of all, on October 31, Robert Matthew Van Winkle was born. He would later be known as (cue stolen bass track) Vanilla Ice.

Have fun and make (legal) history of your own tonight (cue personal playlist)!

Also see: Is Halloween Evil?

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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11 Responses to Histoween

  1. Heather says:

    Interesting correlations.

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  2. Have a Happy Halloween Mitch! I loved the history lesson!

    Cheers! 🙂

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  3. oneta hayes says:

    Interesting tidbits.

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  4. Elizabeth says:

    The Vanilla Ice thing proves Halloween is creepy as heck!

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  5. Enjoy your Halloween Mitch! “The War of Worlds”, now that was the most creepiest in the history of imaginary alien invasion! Orson Wells knew how to make people believe!

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  6. Delyn Merce says:

    Wow, a history lesson to elevate (maybe) this dread holiday 🙂 You have a marvelous wit to go with your faith in Jesus–I like that, suits my style too!

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