Halloween is a favorite holiday for lots of people around the world. It’s a night where you can dress up as someone you’re not, and get away with it. All of us have loved this holiday since we were little. Dressing up in a costume and walking to every house in the neighborhood saying “Trick or Treat” while staring at the huge bowl of candy in front of our eyes.
Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to scare off ghosts. Over time, Halloween turned into trick-or- treating and carving pumpkins.
On October 31st, Celts celebrated Samhain, when they believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to the earth. That is the reason why we celebrate this holiday on October 31st. Halloween is in the fall because this time of year is often associated with human death.
Borrowing from English and Irish traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go to people’s houses asking for money or food. Soon this was called “Trick or Treating.” At this time young woman would try to impress their future husbands by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings, or mirrors. In theory, families gave candy to children on Halloween to prevent them from playing tricks on them.
Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday, while the first is Christmas.
The tradition of dressing up in costumes on Halloween was created by European and Celtic. People thought that on Halloween ghosts would come back on earth, and people believed if they left their house they would encounter a ghost. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks so the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, people would place a bowl of food on their doorstep to distract ghosts from entering their homes.
As we celebrate these holidays, people never know the true meaning of where they came from. It’s interesting to learn how certain things are created, even if it’s just how trick-or-treating was invented.