The History of Halloween The origin of Halloween as we know it, began over 1900 years ago in England, Ireland, and Northern France. It was a Celtic celebration of the new year, called Samhain which occurred on November 1.
Halloween evolved from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain, but over the centuries Halloween transitioned from a pagan ritual to a day of parties, costumes, jackolanterns and trickortreating For more on this see the book Tower of Babel: The Cultural History of Our Ancestors, Bodie Hodge, Master Books, Green Forest, AR, 2012.
Ancient Origins of Halloween, History. com (A& E Television Networks, ). Nov 18, 2009 Today, Americans spend an estimated 6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the countrys second largest commercial holiday after Christmas. Soul Cakes. The American Halloween tradition of trickortreating probably dates back to the early All Souls Day parades in England.
Halloween is a secular holiday combining vestiges of Federizo hall history of halloween harvest festival celebrations with customs more peculiar to the occasion such as costume wearing, trickortreating, pranksterism and decorative imagery based on the changing of the seasons, death, and the supernatural.
Halloween is the season for little ghosts and goblins to take to the streets, asking for candy and scaring one another silly. Spooky stories are told around fires, scary movies appear in theaters Halloween symbols, customs, and practices undoubtedly have had a variety of influences upon Western culture throughout history. However, in early American history, Halloween was not celebrated due to Americas strong Christian heritage. It was not widely observed until the twentieth century.
Halloween is the third largest party day in the United States behind New Years Eve and Super Bowl Sunday. Halloween is one of the fastest growing holidays for home decorboth inside and out. By some estimates, Halloween is No. 2 in holiday home decor behind Christmas. Halloween activities include trickortreating (or the related guising), attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jacko'lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.