The History Behind Halloween

Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. ) People would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and now it’s known as Halloween.

The Celts believed that as we moved from one year to the next, the dead and the living would overlap, and demons would roam the earth again, therefore dressing up as demons was a defense mechanism. If you encountered a real demon roaming the Earth, they would think you were one of them.

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Why Trick Or Treat?

Trick or treating, or “guising” (from “disguising”) began in the Middle-Ages, where children and sometimes adults would dress up in the aforementioned costumes and go from door to door during Hallowmas begging for food or money in exchange for songs and prayers, often said on behalf of the dead.  This was called “souling” and the children were called “soulers”.

Things have evolved and now children of all ages dress up in costumes and travel from house to house to receive treats in response to their call of “trick or treat!” The phrase is a subtle suggestion that if a treat (like candy) is given, then the child will not perform a “trick” (mischief) on the owner of the house.

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