The Halloween customs we celebrate each
October 31st began long ago. They came from the
ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celtic people lived about 2,000
years ago in an area which we now call Ireland, the United Kingdom, and
France. The festival of Samhain marked the end of summer, the
harvest season, and the beginning of their new year. The Celtic
people believed that on the night of October 31st , the
ghosts of the dead returned to earth. They built huge bonfires
and dressed in costumes to frighten the ghosts. The Celtics also
offered the ghosts good things to eat.
The modern customs of Halloween are similar
to the customs of the Celtic people because many immigrants came to
America and brought their beliefs and traditions with them.
The carving of a Jack-O-Lantern is thought to come from the tradition
of Irish children. They would carve potatoes or turnips and light
them for their Halloween celebrations. The name Jack came from an
Irish man who people thought was so wicked neither heaven or the devil
wanted him. Jack is thought to have roamed the earth looking for a
place to rest.
Trick or Treating is thought to have come from the English people when they celebrated the religious festival of “All Saints Day.” On this day, the poor would beg for food and would be given “Soul Cakes” to pray for the souls of the relatives of rich people.
Halloween in America is celebrated on
October 31st. The celebrations are held in towns, schools,
churches, and homes. Most children still dress in costumes and
continue to trick or treat in safe neighborhoods or attend festivals at
churches or schools.
Students will be asked to complete a series of assignments from below in conjunction with the modern day festival we call Halloween.
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