History of Halloween
- Starts in 1200-1 BC
- Europe marked the first day of winter as Novemeber 1st.
- The Celts honored this with a festival called Samhain.
- They believed that the spirits of the dead of the past year journey to the afterlife, but only after they come back down to Earth and cause mischief among the living.
- In order to avoid this, the Celts dressed in costumes that resembled the dead ghosts.
Romans and Christians
- The Romans captured the Celts and intermingled their culture.
- The Romans celebrated Feralia. It was a day devoted to honoring the dead.
- This Roman tradition mixed with the Celtic tradition of Samhain.
- When the Roman Empire fell, the Christians advanced.
- The Christians called Samhain demonic and evil, so they created All Saints' Day.
- When the Celts still continued to celebrate Samhain on October 31st, the Christians created All Souls' Day, meant to honor the Christian dead.
- There were parties, fires, festivals, and costumes.
"The History of Halloween." Gale Student Resources in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2014. Student Resources in Context. Web. 24 Oct. 2014.
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- All Hallows Eve celebrated October 31st.
- They began to leave treats out for the dead to ward them off, and wear costumes and masks to imitate them.
- The costumed wanderers started to take the sweet treats.
- Halloween became a common observance by the 1920s in America.
- Halloween has a costume-for-candy ritual.
- The holiday rose in popularity, and now is a favorite in society.