Halloween is one of the most famous festivals in America and now trending around the Globe. by History, it was not actually about Candies and Party costumes.
Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve, is a celebration observed in several countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from ancient Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain; that such festivals may have had pagan roots; and that Samhain itself was Christianized as Halloween by the early Church.
Later it was adopted as Halloween activities including Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories, as well as watching horror films.
Today’s Halloween customs are thought to have been influenced by Christian dogma and practices derived from it. Halloween is the evening before the Christian holy days of All Hallows’ Day (also known as All Saints’ or Hallowmas) on 1 November and All Souls’ Day on 2 November, thus giving the holiday on 31 October the full name of All Hallows’ Eve (meaning the evening before All Hallows’ Day). (Wiki)
Halloween was first celebrated in America in the UK Colonial area like Maryland and southern parts.
Influenced by European culture and tradition, Americans began dressing up in costume and started going house to house asking for a treat like candy, food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition.
Later in the 1800s, a movement started in America to make Halloween into a holiday more about community and get-togethers with neighbors than about ghosts, pranks, and witchcraft. At the turn of the century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day. Parties focused on games, foods of the season and festive costumes.
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