The History of Halloween

Chloe Garcia, Section Reporter

Have you ever wondered how and why Halloween was started? Well here’s why. Every year on October 31st Halloween occurs. This well-known tradition was a Celtic festival of Samhain. The people would light bonfires and wear costumes to protect from ghosts. Celts thought that the presence of the ghosts made it easier for Celtic priests to make predictions about the future.To commemorate the event, the preachers built huge sacred bonfires. The people came together to burn crops and animals as a sacrifice to the Celtic gods. 

During the celebration the Celts wore costumes. Of course, the costumes were not as they are today, back then they were made out of animal heads and skins. Today costumes consist of colorful fabrics that are cute and fun to wear.

When the celebration was over, they would relight their fires that had been extinguished earlier that evening from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter to keep them warm. 

Colonial Halloween festivities also featured the telling of ghost stories and mischief-making of all kinds. By the middle of the 19th century autumn festivities were common. Halloween was not yet celebrated everywhere in the country since some people either did not believe it, or the new holiday had just not yet gotten to them.

After the tradition was brought over to America people had started to dress up and go door to door asking for money or food. 

In the late 1800’s there was a move to make Halloween a holiday in America. The holiday came to be more of a fun activity day than a spiritual day. They made the holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers. After a century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became more common and most of them consisted of games, foods of the season,  festive costumes. These are all traditions that we still do today!