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  • Palace Florists
  • 301-945-0253
  • 4980 Wyaconda Rd. Ste. B
    Rockville, MD 20852

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Palace Florists is a third generation, family owned & operated full service washington d.c. florist that has been exceeding our clients' expectations since 1943. Our flower shop in dc moved in 2016 & we are now a rockville md florist. We offer daily flower delivery like other flower shops in dc throughout the entire d.c. area & we continue to be the premier d.c. florist. We offer flower arrangements & flower delivery in rockville md, flower delivery in bethesda md & flower delivery d.c. and the surrounding areas. As the premier florist in washington d.c. we specialize in creating gorgeous corporate floral designs to enhance the decor & ambiance of your office, hotel, restaurant or venue. Weddings in d.c., mitzvahs in Potomac md, funeral wreaths, sympathy designs and everyday flower arrangements are our specialty. Look no further for the best d.c. florist for flower arrangements, plant rental & washington flowers & flower delivery in rockville md.

Where Do Our Curious Halloween Traditions Come From?

Where Do Our Curious Halloween Traditions Come From?

Oct 29th 2020

We love to honor tradition by celebrating holidays, especially ones with seemingly absurd origins which bring about colorful characters like the Easter Bunny, Leprechauns, Cupid, and Father Time.

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We typically don’t delve too deep into why these particular characters show up, or how they got to be so popular in the first place, because it’s more fun just to go along with it than to question every little detail. But sometimes you just have to wonder why every October we let our kids dress up as pirates and princesses and take to the streets of the neighborhood searching for sugary treasure.

When left to the imagination, there aren’t many holidays that are more fun than Halloween. From carving pumpkins to trick-or-treating and haunted houses, Halloween has become a whimsical celebration of things that most people find scary or downright chilling any other time of the year.

Carving jack-o-lanterns is a tradition that began several hundred years ago in Ireland, but back in those days, they were carved from potatoes and turnips. It wasn’t until years later, after the Irish immigrated to the United States, that they discovered that pumpkins made for a much better medium due to their abundance in the new world, thus a new tradition was born.

Legend has it that the jack-o-lanterns were originally intended to frighten away the wandering soul of Stingy Jack, who was sentenced to roam the earth for eternity after tricking the devil and later finding out he wasn’t allowed into heaven or hell.

This also loosely explains why we dress up in costumes – to disguise ourselves from the souls wandering amongst us – including Stingy Jack!

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Or perhaps it doesn’t.

According to Lisa Morton, author of “Trick or Treat: A history of Halloween,” dressing up as a way to scare off evil spirits is a common misconception about the holiday. Morton contends that people didn’t start dressing up until much later – as in the 1800s.

By that time, Halloween was known for pranks which were becoming more and more elaborate and dangerous. So much so that towns and cities were thinking about canceling Halloween because many felt that the pranks were getting out of hand.

That led to a gradual push from families, communities and civic organizations to change the nature of the holidays from pranks to the “trick or treat” traditions we know today.

Sadly, Morton’s version of buying off kids with treats and costumes is probably a bit closer to reality than the warding off evil spirits angle, but as with most holiday traditions, you never really know for sure!


Don’t forget, the holidays are just around the corner! Visit Palace Florists for all your Thanksgiving flowers and centerpieces. We offer same-day delivery in Rockville, MD, and surrounding areas for birthdaysanniversariesnew babiesget well soonsympathy, or even just because. Call us today at (301) 945-0253 or shop online 24/7.