For the Celts, the day ended and began at sunset; thus the festival began on the evening before 7 November by modern reckoning the half point between equinox and solstice. The names have been used by historians to refer to Celtic Halloween customs up until the 19th century,  and are still the Gaelic and Welsh names for Halloween.
While millions of people celebrate Halloween without knowing its origins and myths, the history and facts of Halloween make the holiday more fascinating. Some people view Halloween as a time for fun, putting on costumes, trick-or-treating, and having theme parties.
Others view it as a time of superstitions, ghosts, goblins and evil spirits that should be avoided at all costs. As the Christian debate goes on, celebrating Halloween is a preference that is not always viewed as participating in an evil holiday.
Halloween is often celebrated with no reference to pagan rituals or the occult.
Halloween History Halloween is on October 31st, the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday, honoring the dead. Halloween was referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back to over years ago.
All Hallows Eve is the evening before All Saints Day, which was created by Christians to convert pagans, and is celebrated on November 1st. The Catholic church honored saints on this designated day. Origins While there are many versions of the origins and old customs of Halloween, some remain consistent by all accounts.
Different cultures view Halloween somewhat differently but traditional Halloween practices remain the same. Roots lay in the feast of Samhain, which was annually on October 31st to honor the dead.
Samhain signifies "summers end" or November.
Samhain was a harvest festival with huge sacred bonfires, marking the end of the Celtic year and beginning of a new one. Many of the practices involved in this celebration were fed on superstition. The Celts believed the souls of the dead roamed the streets and villages at night. Since not all spirits were thought to be friendly, gifts and treats were left out to pacify the evil and ensure next years crops would be plentiful.
This custom evolved into trick-or-treating.Halloween costumes started to appear in stores in the s and the custom of 'trick-or-treat' appeared in the s.
The types of products available in Halloween style increased with time. Now Halloween is a very profitable holiday for the manufacturers of costumes, yard decorations and candy. Halloween is the one of the oldest holidays still celebrated today. It's one of the most popular holidays, second only to Christmas.
While millions of people celebrate Halloween without knowing its origins and myths, the history and facts of Halloween make the holiday more fascinating. Halloween is a celebration on the night of October It is most practiced in the United States and Canada. Children wear costumes and go to people's homes saying "Trick or treat!".
Halloween history is one of religious traditions, sacrifices and folklore. While it seems strange to understand the motivation of these ancient actions, it is good to know the roots of our current practices of Halloween.
Like many other holidays, Halloween has evolved and changed throughout history. Over 2, years ago people called the Celts lived in what is now Ireland, the UK, and parts of Northern France. November 1 was their New Year's Day.
In the United States (and other countries), Halloween has become one of the most popular unofficial holidays. On the up side, retail sales boost the economy around this holiday.1 On the down side, the holiday has become a time of increased crime in many places (especially arson and other acts of violence) on Halloween night as well as the night before.