The History of Halloween

October 31 | By Susan Yassin

Happy Halloween!

I hope you’re having a wonderful Halloween, wherever you are, and are eating as much candy as you can get your hands on.

Ever thought about the origins of Halloween? Why do we celebrate Halloween? Why do we dress up in the most creative, or scariest costumes we can come up with? Well lucky for you, we’ve got answers.

First of all, the holiday has not always been called ‘Halloween’, it originated from Celtic tradition (Irish today). It was once a festival of Samhain, a day when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to scare the evil spirits away. It was celebrated on the 1st of November, a day that marked the end of the warm, long summer days, and the beginning of long, cold nights of rain and snow. The Celts believed that, on that day, the boundaries between the land of the living and the dead would open, and the dead would roam around the living once again. It was eventually renamed “All Hallows Eve” by the British, and when the holiday had started being celebrated worldwide, it had grown into the name of Halloween.

Trick-or-Treating dates back to All Soul’s Day, celebrated by the British. Poor citizens would beg for food, and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” if they would pray for their passed relatives.

Interesting, huh? Well you just soaked in some knowledge that you can blurt out to your friends and family; there’s more to festive occasions than meets the eye! Thank you for reading. Make sure to read the other amazing articles my peers have written, and I hope you have a frightening Halloween!