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History Of Halloween – When Did It Start And Why

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The month of October is memorable for giving people the holiday of Halloween. People around the globe, especially in Western nations, celebrate the holiday of Halloween religiously. Halloween is celebrated annually on the 31st day of October thereby closing October.

It is celebrated by people of all ages. It is a tradition for families and their young ones to dress up as their favorite scary villain and go trick-or-treating at night. The whole concept behind trick or treat is, a house should give the dressed up on their door a treat or get tricked.  Some tricks are as bad as egging of houses that homes normally have a bowl of treats waiting for Halloweeners.

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Apart from trick or treat, people decorate their houses as haunted houses and engage in pumpkin carving. Just like Christmas decorations, people win awards in certain states for having the scariest houses. It is common to find back to back houses holding Halloween parties, as well as clubs holding Halloween themed parties. Local theatres and movies are synonymously known to show the scariest movies during Halloween. People also engage in telling scary tales.

The tradition of Halloween has been respected and honored for many years. In this way, it has served to bring together communities just like all the other holidays. While it has been a source of great happiness and celebration for generations, many people don’t know the origin of this haunted holiday.

Halloween History

About 2,000 years ago, the Celtics created Halloween as they believed that it was the day the earth was a playground for the ghosts who would roam freely. They marked the day during their Samhain festival. In those ancient times, countries commemorated a new year when summer ended and winter began. Winters were so cold and as a result, many would not survive to see summer. These mass deaths of people were then associated with the roaming ghosts being the cause. You can imagine the sheer fear that gripped people on this day.

It’s no surprise that All Saints Day is celebrated a day after Halloween. This religious day celebrated on November 1st was introduced by the Western Church to remember the souls of Christian Martyrs.

All Saints Day was celebrated on the same day as Samhain with parades, bonfires and dressing up in costumes. This day was also called the All-Hallows or the All-Hallowmas and on the day of the Celtics was called All-Hallows Eve and later transformed to Halloween.

Trick Or Treat?

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 Some of the Celtics used to wear morbid costumes. They used to believe that the wandering spirits would confuse them as one of their own to leave them alone. Trick or treaters would go to the rich folk for “soul cake” on Halloween nights, instead of threatening them to trick them. The Irish when they migrated to the US, United States revamped the Halloween celebrations in the 1920s which was after is its introduction in the 1800s.

In the 1920s, Halloween was community-centered and was celebrated with parades and town held parties which then was related to vandalism and distraction of property in the area. In the 1950s it was then made by two leaders who had successfully limited vandalism and had evolved to be a celebration associated with the young. Since Halloween was a community-centered celebration, people in the neighborhood bought and gave out candy to the children to not to get pranked or tricked. Houses were then decorated with pumpkin cut and carved into scary faces among other scary webs like decorations, spiders, fake blood and decapitated body parts such as limbs and eyeballs.

History Of Halloween Movies

Halloween movies are a geat hit today. The first Halloween movie titled ‘Halloween’ was launched in the year 1978 and it was a hit. It was directed by John Carpenter and starred Donald Pleasance, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Tony Moran. This gave producers the confidence to create more Halloween themed movies. It then gave rise to other Halloween themed box office hits which are also called horror movies. They include movies like “Nightmare at Elm Street”, “Friday the 13th”, and “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.

Black Cats, Ghosts And Witches

Because Halloween brought people closer to dead loved ones, people set up dinner tables and left treats by their doors and along the street with lit candles to guide the spirits back to the spirit world.

Black cats were always associated as familiars for witches. That’s why most people are usually warned not to cross paths with black cats for they symbolize bad luck. It was believed that witches used to transform themselves into cats to disguise themselves from witch hunters to avoid detection. Superstitious tendencies like avoiding to break glass spilling of salt or walking along cracks by the road are among the few Halloween taboos.

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