Most of us today see halloween as a fun day were we can dress up like someone else and get

some candy, however, that wasn’t the case all the time. Halloween was originally a day to scare

off ghosts, a day that people feared rather than enjoyed. It’s believed to have started 2000 years

ago around the ancient Celtic times. The Celtics had a festival called Samhain, for the Celts the

new year started November 1, therefore, they believed the night before new year (October 31),

the dead would revisit the earth, so, the Celts would dress up in scary costumes to scare the

ghosts away and light up fires because they believed that the dead feared light, and they put

garlic and pumpkins around their house to keep them away. They had many superstitions about

that night, for example, they believed that if you heard footsteps behind you you shouldn’t look

behind you because it meant a dead person is following you and if you look back that meant you

would join the dead. After the Roman Empire conquered the land of Celts, the Romans

combined two holidays they had about the dead people and Samhain together. The Roman

holidays were called Feralia and Pomona. Pomona means apple, which relates to the tradition

of bobbing for apples that’s practiced today in halloween. Nothing really changed about

halloween for a long time until around 1000 A.D, the church created a day to honor the dead

which was a twist to what Celts believed since they feared the dead rather than honored them.

The Europeans did similar things as the Celts, they also dressed up like devils and angels and

had bonfires. No one really knows why we call Halloween “Halloween” because the name is

nothing close to what the Celts called it.

By Camellia Rashad

Sources: http://historystuff.net/history-of-halloween-all-hallows-eve/