History of Halloween



Amy Borowski, reporter

Halloween night Is just a few weeks away, but without the full story what does it mean to us anyway?

Several hundred years ago there was an ancient Celtic ritual called Samhain. Samhain was basically the celebration of a change in seasons. The Celts believed that there was a veil that separated the dead and living. The veil during this time of year became very thin and the Celts believed spirits would come back to harm them. To help ward off the spirits, the Celts would wear costumes, prepare sweets, and a bonfire would burn throughout the night. Pope Gregory III tried to overrule the Celts in celebrating non-Christian holidays. Despite the efforts of the church, Oct. 31 was known to the people as “Hallows Eve” which later was changed to Halloween.

The Celts believed that at night the spirits would roam the streets of the towns to haunt the the living. The custom of trick-or-treating came to be known, the Celts would leave candy on their doorsteps in order to pacify evil spirits in not tormenting with their lives. The candy was seen as a peace offering between the living and deceased.

Though the origin of Halloween was based in Europe, the traditions have changed over periods of time. The early settlers of America would carve out turnips and place candles inside in efforts of warding off evil spirits. American todays have exchanged turnips for pumpkins.

Halloween is celebrated nationwide with children dressing up in costumes to go house to house and collect yummy treats. Cities hold endless parades and festivals in favor of the popular holiday.

Halloween will definitely be different this year due to the ongoing pandemic, but I hope we can find safe guidelines to help us enjoy this special night.