Halloween History

HalloweenAs the nights growing eerily chillier and scary movies fill movie theaters, we know Halloween is quickly approaching-a favorite holiday celebration for children and adults alike.

Halloween roots trace back approximately 2,000 years to the Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts celebrated their new year on November 1st to mark the end of summer and the beginning of the cold-arduous winter. Since winter was associated with death, Samhain was seen as a somewhat of a boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead.

As the Celts began to adapt to Christianity, they continured to carry on some of the rituals of Samhain. In a Medieval ritual known as souling, poor children would visit the homes of the wealthy, asking for treats like pastries in exchange for praying for the souls of the homeowner’s deceased relatives. Irish and Scottish immigrants to the U.S. continued variations of souling, yet the practice of trick-or-treating did not gain widespread popularity until after World War II. A comintation of the end of sugar rationing, the baby boom, and the development of suburbs created the popular tradition we know today as trick-or-treating.

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