The Origin of Halloween

MacArthur High School student Alora White

In modern times, Halloween is a time for dressing up in costumes, attending parties, and getting free candy. But, according to, Halloween hasn’t always been this way.

Mentions of Halloween or All Hallows Eve date 2,000 years ago when the Celts celebrated, “the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in).”

The Celts are people who lived in what is now known as, “Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France.”

People have always had their superstitions about Halloween. The Celts believed that on the night of October 31st, “that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.”

Since people were so fearful of the ghosts, they would, “wear masks when they left their homes after dark.”

Also, to keep ghost far away from their homes, “people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.”

Dressing up for Halloween comes from European people who, “To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits.”

To celebrate Halloween, “Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities.”

People who attended the celebrated would, “Wear costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes.”

As more people began to celebrate Halloween, the more the traditions changed and now instead of being a day of fear, Halloween is a time of fun.


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