History Of Halloween

Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival ¬†of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory lll designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints Day, incorporated some traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallow’s Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child friendly activities such as trick or treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights grow colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes, and sweet treats.