Origin of Halloween


Brody M

Halloween is celebrated in the United States annually on October 31st.

 Halloween to many may seem as a holiday that only includes candy and costumes, but the tradition started out as a religious festival. Over 14 centuries ago the ancient Celtic festival was celebrated on the night of October 31st every year. 

According to History.com, it states, “the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred….  it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.” The ancient Celtic named this tradition “Samhain” which means 1st Night of November which means the beginning of winter. They would create bonfires and dress up or wear costumes to scare or ward off ghosts. 

The beginning of the Halloween tradition started when the Romans took over the Celtic territory and two traditions were combined, and soon they had the festivity of bobbing for apples like we do today. 

The ancient Celtic people originate from Ireland and they became immigrants in the US. They brought the tradition to many American people at that time.  Americans started the tradition where  kids dressed up and put on a performance to earn treats or candy.  That tradition later evolved into what is known as trick-or-treating.