The History of Halloween

Amy Zhao

 


Did You Know?

You might think Halloween is a fun holiday to celebrate with all the trick or treating and costumes but, have you ever really thought about the origin and history of Halloween? It might sound boring, but it is way more interesting than you think.


What in the world is Halloween?

Halloween is a traditional holiday celebrated by many people all over the world. On most Halloweens people would dress up in costumes and knock-on people's doors for candy (trick or treating). This holiday usually takes place on October 31st.


Where did Halloween Originate?

Halloween originated from an ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in), first attempted to be celebrated in the 5th century by Pope Boniface. Every festival, people light bonfires and wear costumes to ward of ghosts that they believed would come. Later, in the eighth century Pope Gregory III decided that November 1st would officially become a time to honor all saints. That day was called All Saints Day. Soon, All Saints Day started to incorporate the few traditions of the Samhain festival. The evening before All Saints Day was known as All Hallows Eve (like how there is Christmas eve), which later was turned into the Halloween we all know now.


Why Is Halloween Celebrated?

The reason Halloween is celebrated is because back then, people believed that on October 31st ghosts of death would come to Earth. They believed this because before in the winter there were many deaths caused by temperature, and lack of good crops to eat.


Trick or Treat?

One of the biggest traditions in Halloween is trick or treating, but how did people think of that? Trick or treating originally became a Halloween tradition when there was a move in America. They wanted to make Halloween more about getting together with community and less about death, witchcraft and spooky ghosts.


Sources:

“History of Halloween”: https://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween

"Samhain”:https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/samhain#:~:text=The%20first%20attempt%20was%20by,day%20celebrating%20saints%20and%20martyrs.




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