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The holy evening, otherwise known as Hallowe’en or Halloween, has been long

celebrated by the world as a glorious grande festivity. It marks the day on which

we could all dress up in scary stupid looking outfits, and make a fool out of

ourselves. Or just a day whereof we receive free candy by knocking onto the

doors of strangers, trying to appease to them by pulling off our most endearing

and delightful face. It is also a day some dread, as its spookiness tends to foster

feelings that are repugnant to some. In truth, All Hallows’ eve is a day unlike any

other, with a vast variation of activities of which one could perform. You could

choose from trick-or-treating, attending a Halloween costume party, carving

pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, divination games

(maybe not), playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions (definitely not), telling

scary stories and watching HORROR FILMS.

But all that we know,

well maybe except for that first part about it being holy. Anyway, let us get into its


Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31. It originated

with the Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would light bonfires and wear

costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated

November 1 (previously being the Celts new year) as a time to honor all saints.

A day which later on incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain.

Appropriately, the evening before came to be known as All Hallows Eve, and

later as Halloween. Evolving overtime to the way we know it today. In ancient

times, this day would mark the end of summer and the harvest, introducing the

dark, cold winter. A time of year that was often associated with death. Back then,

there was a common belief that had dictated the boundaries between the living

and the dead to become blurred. A belief that had stretched as far as to having

people think ghosts of the dead would return to the earth. To commemorate this

event, Celtic priests (Druids) would build a huge sacred bonfire, where people

would gather around to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic gods.

They would wear costumes, typically animal heads and skins. They would

proceed by extinguishing the fire, and then have it re-lit upon the closing of the

celebration. The bonfire is supposed to protect them from the coming winter.

A few alterations occurred at the hands of the Romans after conquering the

majority of the Celtic territory. As they had combined celebrations with the

Samhain. One Roman celebration was that of Feralia. A day in late October

when the Romans would traditionally commemorate the passing of the dead. The

second was the honoring of Pomona, the roman goddess of fruit and trees.

Pomona’s symbol is the apple, which is probably the provenance of the ‘bobbing’


By the 1920’s and 1930’s, Halloween had become secular, inaugurating the

notion of Halloween parties. However, vandalism would come to plague many

communities during the celebrations of that time. Authorities eventually managed

to quell the aforementioned felony during the 1950’s.

So you see that the origin of Halloween is as different as it is similar to today’s

Halloween. A day that has been bred from peculiarity, emerging into a revelry.

Fun Fact: One quarter of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for


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