Halloween Has Haunting History

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By Michelle C.

On October 31st, we all celebrate a well-known holiday, Halloween. Halloween is a shortened word of All Hallows’ Evening. It is also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve.

On Halloween, families and friends have traditions. Some of these traditions include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, going in “haunted houses,” and carving jack-o-lanterns. The first people to celebrate this holiday were the Irish and Scottish immigrants.  They carried versions of the tradition in the nineteenth century to North America.  In the late twentieth century, other  counties celebrated the holiday.  They included Ireland, United States, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia.

Halloween originates in the Ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced “Sar-win”).  This festival is celebrated during the end of the harvest season in the Gaelic culture.  The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the living and the dead overlapped and the dead would come back to life and cause sickness or damage crops.  Masks and costumes were worn to copy the evil spirits or to get them angry.

On Halloween, children go trick-or-treating from house to house.  They dress up in costumes and ask for treats.  The “treat” part in “trick-or-treat”is what the kids ask for.  The “trick ” part in  “trick-or-treat” is a trick that children play on the people who don’t give them treats.  Trick-or-treating is one of the main traditions of Halloween.

Halloween is celebrated in many different countries such as the United States, Ireland, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In Ohio, Iowa, and Massachusetts trick-or-treating is often referred to Beggars’ Night.

Halloween is also people to be someone else.

“I like it because I like to dress up and eat candy,” said Sixth Grader Thea D.

For more information, please click on http://www.halloweenhistory.org/

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