Halloween

Halloween

Robbie Henderson

Halloween is the holiday where people wear masks and go to neighborhood houses while chanting “trick or treat” in hopes of gathering as much candy as possible, yet the tradition is as rich in culture as it is in sugar.

The roots to Halloween or “All hallow’s eve”   start with the traditional Celtic festival called Samhain and the Christian holiday  “All Saints day”. The Celtic holiday is celebrated by Wiccans and Neo-pagans. Early Christianity transformed the event into Halloween as a more biblical alternative while still having its differences from the original holiday.

Samhain was believed to be an evil spirit who could be fooled by wearing masks and appeased by being left candy on peoples doorstep’s. The carving of pumpkins was a known way to revere the malevolent spirit. The tradition today doesn’t mention the history thoroughly, mostly because of the christian conversion of the ancient event into the very similar modern day Halloween.