Halloween is the most ghastly, spooky, and creepiest holiday of the year. It is characterized by eerie decorations like spider cobwebs, witch broomsticks, jack-o-lanterns, scarecrows, and cauldrons. People, both young and old dress up in scary costumes. Characters like witches, ghouls, goblins, wizards, and monsters are popular outfit choices during this occasion. The celebration besides the costumes and decorations also involves a lot of sweets. Candies, chocolates, and cookies are often given away during this period as treats. The goodies are packed in adorable packaging that depicts the mood of Halloween.
##What is Halloween?
Halloween has a history associated with Christianity. It is traced back to the 16th century, Hallowe’en exists in the old Scottish vocabulary. It translates to All Hallows Day, a time dedicated to paying reverence to heavenly saints.
It also has a mix of pagan traditions. Most of the influence was by the Celts. They have an old celebration called the Celtic Fire Festival of Samhain. It is observed to show thanks to the harvest season.
The practice of dressing up in eerie costumes came from pagan practices. Because in the past, they believed the dead walked among humans during this time. This time is considered the start of dark times. Due to the opening of winter. In ancient times, living conditions are difficult during the cold months.
##The History of Halloween
This observance is originally to pay tribute and respect to the saints. The Catholic Church acknowledged this purpose and dates back to the 16th century. As time progressed, the spelling has evolved from Hallowe’en to Halloween during the 18th century. However, by the turn of the 19th century, this celebration has become more secular than religious. It was the start of introducing parades and traditional trick or treating activities.
##When is Halloween?
Halloween is celebrated on October 31 of every calendar year. Grown-ups would prepare sweet treats like candies, cookies, and chocolates to give away to children. While the kids, on the other hand, dress up as their favorite spooky characters.
##How is Halloween Celebrated?
Halloween’s popular tradition is trick or treating. Back in the Middle Ages, there is a practice called “souling” where people would receive sweet pastries from the rich. In return, they would pray for the souls of the patrons and their family members.
At present, trick or treating is not just about giving away sweets. Participants would wear creative and convincing costumes. There are even contest that awards the best-dressed individuals. Social media during this period is full of spooky photos exhibited by many artistic people. Other activities include growing the biggest pumpkin or craving the best Jack-o-lantern. Many also commemorate the day by watching horror movies and putting up scary decorations.
##Why We Love Halloween
Halloween is well-loved because it is an opportunity to express creativity. Be it with the costumes or the treats prepared, it is always anticipated during this holiday.
Halloween is a secular holiday that originated from both Christian and pagan beliefs. It is a festive time to showcase well-made costumes, artistic Jack-o-lanterns, and free-flowing sweets for all to enjoy.