The History of Halloween

Written by: Joseph Hiraoka

Co-Written and Edited by: Ethan Polley

Halloween is right around the metaphorical corner. Here is the History of Halloween.

It all starts back in November 1, 2000 years ago back in Ireland. The Celts were the people who created Halloween. They created Halloween because they thought that the wall between the living and dead was thin during that time of the year. They decided to dress up in costumes to scare off the ghosts if they broke through the wall. They named it Samhain. Everybody would dress up; back then the costumes were relatively normal for the time, but now they are super creepy looking.

In May 13, 609 A.D., Pope Boniface IV made a holiday named All Martyrs Day, in which it celebrated and honored all of the martyrs and saints (it would be named All Saints Day later). Then, he moved it to November 1. Around 800 A.D., Christianity moved over to Celtic lands, and therefore created All Souls’ Day in November 2, which people think that the Church tried to replace Samhain. All Saints Day was also later called All-hallows Day, then All-Hallows Eve, then Halloween.

Halloween started to move to America when the original 13 colonies were just starting to get settled. However, it would be not very popular due to the fact that most of the population in America at that time were mostly Protestantists, people who hated the Catholic Church and didn’t agree with their morals and regulations. After a while, the Irish Potato Famine started in Ireland, and many Irish people (mostly Celtic people) brought over Halloween even more, which fully popularized the holiday.

Later in Halloween’s history in America, people started to borrow the idea of putting on costumes and going door to door to ask for food or money. The term “trick-or-treat” became a thing, due to the fact that either you can get food or you get tricked into getting spooked. But, in the late 1800’s, people started to think that Halloween should start being more of a community project instead of mostly pranks and vandalism. In the early 1920’s to 1950’s, children started to trick-or-treat again, so the adults started to give out candy so that their houses wouldn’t get vandalized like they used to.

Halloween hasn’t really changed since the 50’s. Though, people have now been handing out “Halloween Salads” which is a moral sin, and I highly disagree with people doing that.

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