History of Halloween

History of Halloween

Understanding the history of Halloween

Black cats. Pumpkins. Witches. These are all images of Halloween. Yet, where did Halloween originate and did these images have anything to do with those first Halloweens?

The first Halloweens are thought to have originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain.  During these festivals, people would light bonfires and wear costumes as a way to ward off ghosts.

During the eighth century, Pope Gregory III chose November 1 as the name to honor the saints and the martys. This day was known as “All Saints Day.” During this celebration, many of the traditions of the Celtic festivals were also included in their festivities. The evening before the event was known as “All Hallow’s Eve.” Later, it became known as “Halloween.”

As time went on, the event known as, ‘All Hallow’s Eve,’ continued to be a tradition in many parts of the world. They included many family friendly events. These events included costume wearing and judging events and giving out treats to children, which is a custom now known as trick or treating.

Today, Halloween falls right before winter. The night is longer, the air is chilly. Communities and families still enjoy some of the traditions of the past. These traditions include dressing up in costumes, giving out candy and lighting bonfires. Where do the black cats and witches come into play? They may come into play because of the superstitions that surround this holiday. As for the pumpkins, they grow during this season. They are delicious to eat and fun to decorate.