History of Halloween

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ny people at North are excited for the trick or treating and the family festivities.
Many students like senior Jack Winters, “[remembers] trick or treating as a kid,” and many staff are like Rob Nicoletti who “ [enjoys] taking his kids trick or treating and celebrating with my family.”
Why do people celebrate Halloween and why do we trick or treat and dress-up as goons, goblins, and ghouls? Even social studies teacher Rob Nicolette is oblivious to the history of Halloween.
“I don’t know much about the history. It’s too SPOOKY for me,” Nicolleti said.
According to History.com, Halloween began as Celtic holiday to celebrate the end of harvest season and prepare for the dreaded winter season to come. The holiday was originally called ‘Samhain.’ The celtics associated the winter season with death because of the cold weather and the low survival rates. They believed that on the night before the beginning of winter, October 31, the gate between the living and the dead was open. The Celts believed the spirits and ghosts are the cause for the hardship that occurred around that time. So in response, they dressed up in skins of animals and costumes, danced around the fires, and carved faces into candle lit turnips to scare off evil spirits.
During the 9th Century, Christianity and the Catholic church had taken over most of Europe and Celtic lands. They deemed the Samhain to be not holy enough, so they attempted to replace it with “All Saints Day” on Nov. 1 , where participants would dance and hop around a fire while dressed as angels, saints and devils. All Saints Day in middle English translates to Alholowmesse, so the formerly known night of Samhain changed to All Hallows Eve, and eventually Halloween. On this day, many impoverished people and children would walk around door to door of the wealthy asking for food and soul cakes, cake you give in exchange for a prayer.
During the Irish Potato Famine, many Irish people moved to the States and brought their traditions with them, and over time the traditions and customs has transformed to the Halloween that is popular now.

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