Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31st.
Halloween 2018 is on a Wednesday.
Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.
In the eighth century Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honor all Saints, soon however all Saints day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain.
The evening before was to be known as All Hallows Eve and later this became Halloween.
Halloween evolved into a day of activities such as trick or treating and carving jack o lanterns, festive gatherings, wearing Halloween Costumes and eating sweet treats.
Trick or Treat
Borrowing from English and Irish traditions Americans began to dress up in Fancy Dress Costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became todays Trick or Treat.
Young women believed that on Halloween they could define the name or appearance of their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings or mirrors.
In the late 1800’s there was a move in America to change Halloween into a holiday about community and neighbourly get together, rather than about ghosts, pranks and witchcraft.
At the turn of the 20th century Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the event.
Parties focussed on games, foods of the season adult costumes and children’s costumes.
Parents however where encouraged by newspapers and some community leaders to remove anything that was frightening or grotesque from the Halloween celebrations, because of this Halloween lost most of its superstitious and religious overtones by the beginning of the 20th century.