Halloween is this weekend! How will you celebrate?
Today we tend to celebrate by wearing costumes, carving pumpkins, and of course a little Trick-or-Treating! While these celebratory activities may seem like the only suitable ways to honor Halloween, there have been a wide range of traditions for this spooky day.
Halloween evolved from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. The Celts believed that this transition between the seasons was a bridge to the world of the dead which allowed the dead back to earth– hence why we decorate with ghosts, zombies, and other deadly beings!
It was also believed that when these ghosts returned to earth, they created trouble for the living and killed the farmer’s crops. However, this time wasn’t all bad as the presences of the spirits allowed priests to make predictions about the future which provided comfort during the cold, dark winter season. The ghosts bringing both good and bad times sounds a lot like a trick and a treat, right?
To celebrate the bridging of the living and the dead, the Celts would build large fires, burn crops, and sacrifice animals…all while wearing costume.
While handing out candy didn’t start until the 1940’s in America, it’s amazing to see how so many traditions started over 2,000 years ago! Click here for more details on the history of Halloween and how it made its transition from the Celts to today.