The Haunting History of Halloween

Posted in General on June 9th, 2011
Trick or treat?

Trick or treat? We all know Halloween, October 31st, the night of ghoulish fiends, trick-or-treating, and costume parties galore. Amongst all this scary fun people might wonder where this tradition began. Halloween has a fascinating history that is long and varied and begins way back in Celtic times. The traditional Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-en), was considered to be the Celtic New Year and it holds the very roots of the modern-day tradition of Halloween. It was at this time that the Celts were wrapping up their harvest season and preparing for winter. This was also the day that these people believed that the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead was at its thinnest, allowing the spirits of the dead to pass through into the living world. Costumes tradition The tradition of wearing costumes is tied up in this belief that the …

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