Halloween’s Origin


Michael Varela, writer

Halloween a holiday unlike any other. It consists of dressing in all sorts of costumes and journeying around neighborhoods in search of free candy. There are simple rules. The first is to wear a costume, second pass out treats, third, never blow out a Jack-O-Lantern, and lastly; always check your candy. That’s what people see nowadays anyway. In reality though, there is so much more to Halloween. So where exactly did Halloween come from, and how did it start?


It all started in Ireland 2,000 years ago. The people that lived there were known as the Celtic. The celts would participle in a festival called Samhain, which celebrate their new year on November 1st. The Celts would light bonfires and wear costumes in order to cast out ghosts and evil spirits. In an article by Dayton Daily News it states that, “the lines between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred” and ghosts of the dead returned to earth and ravaged the crops. They also believed the ghosts and “otherworldly spirits” gave Celtic priests, or Druids, a vision into the future.”


According to History.com, it states, “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 Hallows Eve, which would later become known as Halloween.


Halloween has progressed immensely since the origin. Nowadays most people participate in the holiday to simply trick or treat or hangout with our friends and family. However, a great deal also does not celebrate. Over 2000 years ago, Hallows Eve used to be celebrated traditionally with a meaning. Now, however, it is celebrated annually for a completely different reason.

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