Halloween is celebrated on the evening of Oct. 31 each year. In some form, this holiday is practiced all over the world. The name comes from a contraction of All Hallows’ Eve. To celebrate, people make jack-o’-lanterns out of pumpkins and wear special costumes like a monster, witch, ghost, or a favorite movie character. Perhaps a child’s favorite thing to do on Halloween is to visit many houses in their neighborhood. After knocking on the door and saying “Trick or treat,” neighbors give out sweet candies to children wearing a costume!
This modern-day tradition is a ton of fun for kids, but where did Halloween come from? The ancient Celts who lived 2,000 years ago celebrated the festival of Samhain. Nov. 1 was the new year for the Celts, meaning Oct. 31 was considered the end of harvest and the beginning of a cold, dark winter. They believed ghosts from the dead came back to earth on this day. So they dressed in costumes to avoid the anger of these unhappy spirits and offered fruits and nuts as well.
With Halloween just around the corner, what will you be dressed as? Are you ready to go trick-or-treating?
Christine Kim Staff Reporter (firstname.lastname@example.org)