History of Halloween

Halloween History

downloadBy Carly P. and Lylianna L.; Staff Writers

Halloween as you know is celebrated on October 31. Halloween formerly known as: All Hallows’ Evening,  Hallowe’en, or All Hallows’ Eve was based upon the ancient Celtic holiday Samhain (“sah-win”).  Trick-or-treating, costume parties, bonfires, visiting “haunted houses” and carving jack-o-lanterns are just some of  traditional activities that were held every year.

In the world of awesome candy and the mystical world, this is where the origins of  Halloween began,“The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops. The festival would frequently involve bonfires. It is believed that the fires attracted insects to the area which attracted bats to the area. These are additional attributes of the history of Halloween,” as stated from the article written by Safe Site Central Incorporated.

This shows that originally Halloween historically was not fun, it was actually noted for spiritual and ancestral purpose.

Early attention to trick-or-treating was in October 1947. The custom had become popular by 1952, when Walt Disney portrayed it in the cartoon Trick or Treat.

Some histories of Halloween have said trick-or-treating as an “adult invention” to move Halloween activities away from vandalism, nothing in the history records supports this. Sometimes even the children protested: for Halloween 1948, members of the MSBC (Madison Square Boys Club) in New York City carried a banner that said, “American Boys Don’t Beg.”

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