What is Halloween  and why is Halloween celebrated? Halloween is a celebration of superstition. Halloween is believed to originate from an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain. People lit bonfires and wore costumes and fancy dress outfits to ward off roaming spirits and ghosts. It was also though the wearing of costumes protected them from otherworldly evil spirits.

In the eighth century, November 1 was known as All Saints Day. This was a celebratory day to honor all the saints and martyrs. The All Saints Day holiday included some of the traditions of Samhain, which was an ancient Celtic festival. The night before All Saints Day was All Hallows Eve. Later this was altered down the ages to become known as Halloween.

Halloween gradually became a community event with activities for children such as trick or treat and Halloween games and parties.

Halloween Origins

The origins of Halloween are interesting and spooky.

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Halloween Practices

There are many superstitions and practices that have evolved around the meaning of Halloween. Some of the old tales about Halloween folk lore and superstitions are scary but fascinating.

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