Ancient people were convinced a solar eclipse was a sign of something horrible. Some civilizations believed that the Sun was being eaten by some sort of animal, such as a dragon or wolf. They felt the only way to free the Sun was to act wild. So, the people would make noises called hullabaloos while dancing around and acting crazy. They continued this until the Sun was “free” from the animal.

From The National Earth Science Teachers Association

The picture is of eclipse shadows through the trees on the side of my house. I can definitely see why eclipses scared people back in the day. The light got a little eery all of the sudden and the neighborhood cats threw down a decent hullabaloo, but that’s sort of their natural state.