The Story Behind Halloween

We all know that people dress up, decorate, and go trick or treating for Halloween, but very few of us know what is really means and how it originated.

Sydney Dunn, Contributor

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Halloween is a holiday celebrated every year on October 31st. On this day, people dress up and go trick or treating, but what is the holiday really about? How did it grow into what it is today? It began with an ancient Celtic festival that takes place in Ireland. The Celts wore costumes and lit bonfires to ward off ghosts. Later it evolved into a day of activities. The Celts then included trick or treating, carving jack o’ lanterns, and wearing costumes as apart of their festival.

 The day was originally known as All Hallows Eve, but later changed to Halloween as we know it today. November 1st celebrates the Celtic New Year. The day marks the end of summer and the start of a cold winter that lies ahead, and was believed to be the day that the ghosts of the dead came back. On the night of October 31st, Druids (Celtic priests) would build huge sacred bonfires where people gathered. They burned crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. Celts try to predict other’s fortunes. 

Americans spent $9 billion dollars on Halloween in 2018. One quarter of all candy sold in the U.S. is sold and used for Halloween. Some of us will soon stop trick or treating, but there are younger kids who will carry on the tradition for us. Now you can tell your friends and family the true meaning of Halloween and be the smartest one at the dinner table on All Hallows Eve!

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Works Cited: https://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween