According to the International Business Times, the Romans celebrated a festival called Feralia in late October. The source states that the festival was in honor of the dead and was blended with celebrations of Celtic Samhain, the predecessor of Halloween.
Although modern Halloween differs quite significantly from its historical predecessors, the manner in which different historic festivals and celebrations blended together led to many of the modern traditions of Halloween. The blend of Roman and pagan Celtic traditions was particularly influential. For example, the International Business Times article reports that the modern tradition of bobbing for apples comes from the Romans incorporating apples into Samhain celebrations, honoring the Roman goddess of trees and fruit, Pomona.Learn More
Some Halloween metaphors suggested by E. Kent Winward of the Standard Examiner describe the law as a Vampire (coming out at night and sucking on people's life blood) and "The Vampire Code" (the garlic, cross, sunlight and stake that keeps predators at bay). Taking a more balanced view, he adds that the law is a Werewolf (functional most of the time but known on occasion to act like a 'howling, drooling wolf').Full Answer >
The origins of Halloween date back to Celtic paganism and the feast of Samhain in the British Isles, which Celts believed was when spirits came into the world. The Celts put out treats to placate the spirits for another year. Halloween also has aspects of a Roman harvest feast that celebrated the goddess Pomona.Full Answer >
Another name for Halloween is All Hallows' Eve. All Hallows' Eve means the day before All Hallows Day, a Catholic holiday that is more commonly known as All Saints Day.Full Answer >
Halloween is a holiday that is described as spooky, haunting, supernatural, eerie, scary, fun, creepy and ghostly. The holiday was originally called All Hallows' Eve, and it marked the beginning of a three-day feast to honor dead Christian saints, also known as hallows.Full Answer >