Ever wonder why we dress up and go trick-or-treating on Halloween? Let’s hop on a time machine and discover the magic behind this super fun day!
1. Long, Long Ago: Samhain
A long time ago in places like Ireland and the UK, people celebrated a special day called Samhain on October 31. They believed that on this day, ghosts came to visit. To make friends with these ghosts and keep away the not-so-nice ones, people lit big bonfires and wore cool costumes!
2. Romans Join the Party
When Romans met the Celts, they added their own touch to Samhain. They had a day where they remembered loved ones who had passed away and another day to celebrate apples (Yum! 🍎). This might be why we bob for apples today!
3. A New Name: All Hallows’ Eve
When Christianity spread, the leaders wanted to mix in their own traditions. So, they named November 1 as a day to remember saints, calling it All Saints’ Day. The night before? You guessed it! All Hallows’ Eve, which soon became… Halloween!
4. Halloween in America
When people from different parts of the world came to America, they brought their Halloween fun with them. Over time, dressing up and going from door to door, asking for treats, became a big part of the celebration. And today, we call it trick-or-treating!
So, the next time you’re choosing a costume or munching on some Halloween candy, remember the magical journey this holiday has been on to become the fun day we enjoy. Have a spook-tacular Halloween! 👻🍬