The Origins of Halloween

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Gloria Perez , Senior Editor

Halloween is a holiday that takes place every year on October 31. This day is filled with costumes, horror, and children saying “trick or treat” to get some candy. All through the month of October, you’ll see houses decorated with pumpkins, skeletons, scary clowns, and horror characters like Chucky, Micheal Meyers, and Pennywise. Where did all of this begin?

Halloween originated from a Celtic festival called Samhain. This festival consisted of spiritual traditions and was celebrated from October 31 to November 1. Those who participated in this festival welcomed the harvest during “the dark half of the year.” 

The participants of the Samhian festival believed the physical world and the spiritual world would come together during the festival, and believed it would allow a connection between humans and the “other side.” 

The Celtics who attended the festival would light bonfires and wear costumes to scare off ghosts. Does any of this sound familiar? It should since we currently celebrate ‘this festival’ in the form of Halloween.

Christians believe that the celebration of  ‘All Saints Day’ on November 1 has led to the Halloween tradition. This is because “Hallow” means holy and “een” means evening before. Thus Halloween happens in  the “evening before ‘All Saints day.’

The history behind Halloween stems from ancient times; however, it has become a children’s holiday filled with costumes, candy and scary decorations for all to enjoy.