History of Halloween

By Isabella Corona

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Halloween is a day where you can dress up as whatever you want with no judgement. You can go out with friends and trick-or-treat or you can pass candy out to all the kids who ring your doorbell. Have you ever wondered how Halloween started though? Although Halloween’s origin varies in different places, History.com has some factual evidence of Halloween in the early ages.    


Halloween is celebrated on the 31st of October every year and this tradition actually originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, Celtic people who lived about 2,000 years ago, according to History.com. During this festival, people would make a big bonfire and wear costumes because they believed this kept the ghosts away. The Celts celebrated Samhain on October 31st because they believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. The Celts actually believed that this is when the ghosts of the dead returned to Earth. Fast forward 1200 years and according to History.com “In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween.” The United Kingdom and northern France celebrated their new year on November 1st and believed that this day marked the end of summer and the beginning of the cold and harvest season. 


As time went on, Halloween turned into what it is today: a day of dressing up, carving pumpkins, watching scary movies, and trick-or-treating, but it was actually never like that in the 1800s: “In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers than about ghosts, pranks and witchcraft” (History.com). Halloween in the 1800s actually was less inviting than what it is now. Witchcraft used to be a normal thing that happened during Halloween, but can you imagine it now? A lot has changed in the past years. At the turn of the 20th century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became more and more popular. This was when kids and also adults could dress up and have a Halloween party with their friends. These parties consisted of games, candy, and also scary movies. Halloween parties became a new, fun thing that you can do on Halloween. Spending time with your friends while eating candy sounds like a perfect thing to do on this spooky day.  


Although we never get Halloween off from school, many people love this spooky holiday. Dressing up as whatever you like and eating candy, while spending time with your friends sounds like a spectacular thing to do for the day. If you don’t like going out and eating candy, you can always stay inside and hand out candy to every eager kid, teens, and even adults who knock on your door. Halloween has been around for many years, but 2,000 years ago it was a lot different than it is today.