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The History of Halloween
One might wonder how something that was started over 2,000 years ago by the Celts has now become Americas second largest holiday. With spending reaching 6.9 Billion dollars annually, originally Halloween or Samhain as it was referred to by the Celts was a celebration to mark the end of Harvest. November 1st was viewed as the beginning of the New Year for the Celts. They believed that on the last day of the year, all of the ghosts of the dead returned to Earth. They thought that the ghosts would cause problems throughout the year including damaging their crops. So every October 31st the priests of the village would build an enormous bonfire. The Celts would dress up in costumes consisting of animal heads and skin, to burn crops and sacrifice animals hoping that the bonfire would shield them from any evil.
As time passed Christian influence spread throughout the Celts territory. Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints’ Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. Today people believe that he was trying to remove the celebration of the dead and replace it with a different holiday. Initially it was called All-Hallows and the night before was called All-Hallows-Eve, thus becoming what we know as Halloween today. This holiday did not become what we know today until around the turn of the century. As more immigrants came to America with their European beliefs. At that time parents were encouraged to remove anything “spooky” from the celebration. It was considered a meeting of neighbors to celebrate the harvest.
During the 20’s and 30’s pranksters and vandalism became commonplace for Halloween time, and was not well controlled until the 50’s. Also during that time trick or treat returned. If you gave the children a treat they would not play tricks on you. Since the 1950’s Halloween has grown into what it is today. A thriving annual tradition enjoyed by children and adults alike who get to enjoy their treats while dressed up in their favorite Halloween costumes.