Discover the Birth of Halloween as We Know It – Drunk History

I’m Tess Lynch, and tonight we’re going to learn
about the mother of Halloween. [dark chuckle] Mrs. Elizabeth Krebs. [cackles] [gulps] [continues cackling] Freaking me out. You’re freaking me out.
Wow.In the early decades
of the 20th century,
Halloween was celebrated
in a far different way.
This was 1912 in
Hiawatha, Kansas,
and groups of kids
would gather together,
wear masks and they would
just, like, destroy shit.
And they’re like,
oh, shoot, an outhouse.
What’re we gonna
do to that outhouse?
Tip it the hell over,
yeah, that’s right.
And then they would set it
on fire and then they’d laugh.
And then before you know it,
the entire town is just like,
turned-over outhouses,
beheaded chickens,
babies punched in the head.The kids–
the hooligans are like,
I’m a–I’m a boy with a penis.
I’m peeing in the hole!
Devil’s night, mother [bleep].– That’s scary. – It’s terrible.
It’s just, like… It’s just terrible.So, on the morning of
November 1st, 1912,
day after Halloween,
Elizabeth Krebs, founder
of the Hiawatha Garden Club,
wakes up,
parts the curtains,
and saw her garden
was completely [bleep] up.
And she’s like,
[in accent] this is insane!
The heirloom roses…
The asters…
[whooshes]The, like, gourds…
And she’s like,
what’s wrong with these kids?
What do they need?You know what
I think they need
is a party.Burn off that
demon-ous energy.
Is that a word?– Yeah. – Anyway, listen.October 31st, 1913.
Elizabeth Krebs is like,
I’ma have a–I’m gonna
have a decent-sized party.
Not a big party. Who am I?
The King of Rome? No.
So, she does it. And then the neighborhood
kids come, they’re like,hey, pretty cool party,
Mrs. Krebs!
Bobbing for apples, like,
I’m MVP of bobbing for apples.
And then it just keeps going,
like, ad nauseam on repeat until the end
of–of the evening.So,
Elizabeth Krebs is like,
I have a feeling
this is really gonna work.
I’ve exhausted this youthful
population to the point where
they can’t do shit.
This is awesome.
So, she goes to bed,wakes up the next morning,
November 1st, 1913,
parts the curtains…but everything’s
leveled again.
And Elizabeth Krebs is like,no shit!
Are you kidding me?
And look at that.
A mail truck’s on fire.
Someone’s waiting
for a postcard
that’s never gonna arrive
because that mail truck
got lit the [bleep] on fire.And she’s like,
I had this decent-sized party.
How could these kids
even have it in them
to take a piss
on everything?
But then,
Elizabeth Krebs is like,
you know what?
[snaps fingers]
I got an idea.So, she goes home. And Elizabeth Krebs spends
the entire next yearplanning
for this party.
And she devoted all
of her own time and resources
and money into making
a [bleep] huge rager.
Oh, I spilled. – Happy Halloween. – And now look– for the whole rest of it.
– What happened? – I dribbled, man.
I [bleep] dribbled. – [laughs]
– So…It is October 31st, 1914.
She’s waiting at town square.
And eventually…
poof-poof-poof-poof.What’s that?
Kids in costumes
trickling in
to the town square,
ready to [bleep] rage.And she’s like,
thank God because
I knew this was gonna
be a thing and it was.
So, these kids–
these hooligans
are at this party and band
comes in, starts playing.
♪ Too-too-too-too… ♪That’s–felt weak sauce.[laughs]
Was that weak sauce? – I love that song.
– So, anyway.The hooligans are like,
hey man, I’m pretty shocked
that old Mrs. Krebs
is throwing, like,
the [bleep] coolest party I
ever seen in Hiawatha, Kansas.
And so, everybody
gets marched down
to the Armstrong opera house.
And Elizabeth Krebs is like,
Yo, that’s a long way
and those kids
are gonna be [bleep] tired
by the time they get there.
And they’re actually
really enjoying themselves.
And they’re like,
man, this is my jam.
This is “Danny Boy.”
This is top of the charts.
So, the band keeps
playing, playing, playing until these kids are,
like, zombified.It’s, like, “Thriller.”And Elizabeth Krebs is like,
that’s good. I like that.
I like that.So, she goes home,
she goes to bed,
wakes up next morning,
November 1st, 1914,
What does she see?How’s her garden looking,
Derek? – I’m not sure.
I’m a little worried that it’s gonna
be destroyed. – No.Phoo.She looks out.
And she’s like,
Asters, right there.
Heirloom roses, right there.
[bleep] gourds, boom.It’s like,
all the shit is lined up.
It’s exactly as it should be.People are in awe of her.
They’re like,
nobody destroyed my house.
Nobody broke my windows.Chief of police comes up.Thank you, Elizabeth Krebs.Thank you,
because guess what?
Vandalism reports? [whooshes]
Way down precipitously.
And actually,
nobody was up to anything
other than partying
at your [bleep] rager.
She’s like,
[bleep] damn straight.
And he’s like,we’re gonna keep this
tradition rolling
pretty much forever.She’s like,
sounds good.
So, it changed the way we
celebrate Halloween here and everywhere.That was all because
one woman…
Elizabeth Krebs said,
Halloween is not about
turning over outhouses
to put poo on people’s lawns.
It is about
dressing up really cute,
getting a shit-ton
of candy.
Booyah.Oh, shit.
This is like… Real serious makeup. This is my favorite Halloween,
by the way. ‘Cause I’ve never liked
Halloween. [laughs] – Me too.
I think you’re looking good. I think I’ve pretty much
handled it at this point. [laughs] I think I pretty much
got to the bottom of it. – Is it all gone? – There we go.
– [laughs] – That’s really good.
You looking good, dude. I like it.
I like it a lot.

100 Replies to “Discover the Birth of Halloween as We Know It – Drunk History”

  1. now, at least for my town, we leave all the destruction and stuff for the night before since everyone's trick or treating on Halloween

  2. I thought Halloween was based on All Hallow's Eve which was based on the Spanish Day of the Dead? If not, then why are they both celebrated at around the same time of the year and both deal with spooky things?

  3. My grandma was born in 1903 in Missouri and I remember her telling stories of how kids would always knock their outhouse over on Halloween xD I didn't realize this was an across the country phenomena.

  4. I kinda forgot my hometown was famous for this whoops. But now we have 2 parades every Halloween and like costume contests and a scholarship competition (Halloween Queen). Hiawatha LOVES Halloween.

  5. So, whole bunch of white boys were fucking shit up in their neighborhood, doing malicious stuff, so instead of them getting trouble for their behavior…. they get got rewarded with party the next year to prevent them from fucking shit up again? Oh. Brilliant. No. That's all white entitlement at it's finest.

    Now, it makes me wonder what other American Holidays are just days for white people not to fuck shit up….. πŸ‘€

  6. That chick reminds me of a young Michelle pfeiffer…

    (Had to Google her last name spelling tho,lol.πŸ˜‰)

  7. Awww American History!!!
    Shove It Fundamentalists Christians!!!!😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝😝

  8. Am I the only one who sees this as sort of a bad thing? What this means is that the youth used to have a yearly Purge, but then it got gentrified and repressed. Now….how does that bad energy get purged? In random criminal ways, far too often

  9. if you use honey, you are giving away the keys to your online history, your credit cards, your bank accounts, everything. don't be a fucking fool. don't use honey.

  10. I like these and they are funny but you mean to tell me a black kid was able to hang out with a bunch of white kids? In 1912?! LIES! Lastly, if you enjoy drinking regularly, well…you're a loser. Sad how society glorifies the world's most dangerous drug.

  11. Elizabeth Crabs is also the reason why slutsπŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ dress up in sluty ass costumes where's that part you square bitch!!! 😈 Haha

  12. I'm from hiawatha, and we love Halloween so much, that school is let out so kids can go trick or treat and watch the parade. People spent a shit ton o. Candy and costumes

  13. How is this show more educational than History Channel? Oh wait, because it's now full of middle age men talking about how aliens built the Pyramids.

  14. I really enjoy this as an exploration into prevention of crime. Something like an enormous party that everyone enjoyed meant they were partying and not doing any mischief, very cool.

  15. Halloween is an ancient Irish celebration of the dead, lighting fires and dressing up to honor Celtic spirits and giving thanks for end of harvest.

  16. I know this is suppose to be funny but this is emotionally seriously inspiring and I am almost wanting cry how this Great Woman welded so much power compassion and intelligence and this whole country country for a better place God Bless that lady for ever and always!

  17. And now it devolved to helicopter parents removing all fun from Halloween by forcing their children to go trick or treating in broad daylight.

  18. ACTUALLY, this ISN'T the birth of Halloween. Maybe for America, but not in its entirety. Samhain was the main holiday in the beginning.

  19. Its really funny how white people always complain about everyone screaming victimization. But when someone rips white euro culture a new one by taking a dig at their Paganist religions, they have no problem getting salty back.

  20. For anyone interested…the act of giving candy to children who say "trick or treat" happened because the hooligans would go door to door wearing masks and costumes demanding candy and cakes or a "trick" would be played on them (like turning up bushes and knocking over outhouses) Eventually more and more homeowners started carrying "treats" on Oct 31st and now we are at where we are at now…with kids dressed up in costume saying trick or treat.

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