The Great History of Halloween

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By Eleasha Frederick

Halloween is right around the corner. For students and teachers of MCHS, Halloween is a fun day filled with spooky stories, awesome Halloween costumes, scary decorations and great mountains of sweet, sweet candy. But did you know Halloween wasn’t always the way it is now? It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. Then in the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

 

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