History of Halloween

Maya Davis, Staff Reporter

Halloween originated in the ancient Celtic religion in Britain and parts of Europe. It was originally called the festival of Samhain; this festival marked the end of harvest season and the start of winter which they called the “darker half”. They believed that during this time the barrier between our world and the world of ghosts became very thin. So, they started the festival of Samhain to run off the ghosts and scare them away. They did this by dressing in costumes and setting bonfires. When the Christian faith came along, it was named All Hallows Eve and then in America became known as Halloween. Halloween blew up in America when Irish immigrants came and shared the tradition. Over time, trick or treating and pumpkin carving became popular traditions all over America. Devynn Dombkowski thoughts on Halloween are, “It’s a fun activity to do with her friends.” I agree because it’s a fun thing to do with many friends, and you don’t have to just go trick or treating. You can go to haunted houses or just stay in and watch scary movies, which is always a fun and interesting thing to do with everyone.

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