Halloween is the time of year when people come together to celebrate the spooky, creepy, and fun times of the season! It's a holiday that dates back to pagan times, but over the centuries, it's picked up many traditions and customs.
The events of Halloween trace back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. This festival marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the winter season in the Celtic culture. The Celts believed that this was the time of year when the spiritual boundaries between the world of the living and the land of the dead became blurred.
To ward off evil spirits, the Celts would wear costumes and use carved pumpkins, or jack-o-lanterns. They also believed that on this day, the recently departed were given a chance to rise from the grave and walk among the living. To please these spirits, the Celts would offer them food and drink, which eventually became the popular trick-or-treating tradition.
The arrival of Christianity brought new traditions to Halloween, like Halloween parties and the celebration of All Saints Day. Over time, all of these events blended to form the Halloween celebration we know today.
No matter how you celebrate Halloween, this holiday remains as a rich tradition of fun, frivolity, and spookiness that lives on today!