The traditions of modern Halloween -- costumes, ghosts, trick-or-treat -- come from a number of ancient civilizations. According to the History website, most experts believe that this spooky holiday stems from the Celtic festival of Samhain.Know More
Some 2,000 years ago, the Celts celebrated their new year on Nov. 1. To them, this date symbolized death because it was the beginning of wintry darkness. Consequently, they believed that the border between life and death was softened on the night before the new year, Oct. 31, and that the spirits of the dead came back to Earth to destroy their crops and cause mischief. In response, the Celts wore animal-themed costumes and threw crops and animals into the raging bonfire to summon the protection of deities.
In the 8th century, Pope Gregory III made Nov. 1 a holiday in which to remember saints and martyrs. This celebration, called All Saints' Day, included a few Samhain customs. The night before All Saints' Day, or All Hallows' Eve, eventually became Halloween. A pagan festival of the Dead and All Souls Day also contributed to modern Halloween customs. For instance, some believe that trick-or-treating probably stems from All Souls Day parades in England, where the poor would beg attendees for food.
Today's Halloween is a time for children to dress up in spooky costumes and go to people's houses for candy and other treats or for adults to attend costumed parties.Learn more about Halloween
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 lie in an ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain, which was a festival of the dead. The festival was traditionally held on the day of the official start of winter on the Celtic calendar, which corresponds to November 1 on the modern calendar.Full Answer >
Ways to scare someone on Halloween include wearing a 3D-printed face mask, using a fake gushing wound or installing a video panel to broadcast scary video footage. These techniques all make use of modern technology and special effects to deliver scares.Full Answer >
The night before Halloween is commonly called Mischief Night, particularly in the state of New Jersey. In some areas of New York State, the night is referred to as Goosey Night or Hell Night, while other areas in the New England area use the name Cabbage Night or Gate Night. In the Detroit region, people call it Devil's Night, while in the North and South Dakota states, the night is called Mat Night.Full Answer >