Halloween wasn’t always just costumes, jack-o-lanterns, and trick or treating. Once upon a time, it was called Cabbage Night.
In the early days of Halloween in America, many customs and traditions were brought over by Irish and Scottish immigrants. One such tradition was the act of using a cabbage stump to predict the future (in particular: your future husband). It seems innocent enough and certainly “Halloween-y” with the themes of fortune-telling and divination, but we all know few things about Halloween stay innocent.
According to Massachusetts lore, teens in America would skip the fortune-telling aspect of the tradition and would simply throw cabbage heads at their neighbor’s houses. This tradition lived on through the years, even into the late 19th century.
Luckily for us, the name of “Cabbage Night” didn’t stick around too long, and instead of cabbages getting thrown at your windows, all you have to worry about this year is a hoard of sugared-up children ravenous for candy.
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