Which Witch is Which?
The practice of witchcraft is the alleged use of supernatural or magical powers. In early modern Europe, the source of this power was thought to be from the Devil. Throughout history though, the believers in witches and witchcraft, did so as a way to explain various human misfortunes and place blame on something (supernatural or spiritual forces) other than themselves, the community or the monarchy. Can witches really fly? They will seem to when Witch Weather Vane is on display in your front or back yard.
Going on a Witch Hunt
The most popularized example of the hatred towards witches is seen in our own history, during the colonization of America. In 1645, the first accusations on individuals for use of witchcraft were made. Over the next 50 years, the well-known Salem Witch Trials ensued. Punishments ranged from jail sentences to public hangings. At the start of the 18th century, the "witch hunts" began to cease.
All Hallows Eve
The October 31st to November 1st timeline corresponded with the Catholic All Saints Day (Nov. 1st), later referred to as ''All Souls Day" or "All Hallows Day." The two events were then associated with one another and thus the night before was called "All Hallows Eve" or, as we refer to it today, Halloween.