Halloween is celebrated by Western Christians as part of the observance of All Saints Day, which is celebrated annually on November 1. However, Halloween is actually a Christianized pagan festival from Northern Europe that was brought into the United States by Scottish and Irish immigrants.
Many scholars agree that the observance of Halloween was taken from the Celtic harvest festivals. In European traditions, Halloween is also believed to be the time when magic is most powerful and beings from the spirit world gain the ability to make contact with the physical world. This is the reason why Halloween is associated with ghosts, vampires and other supernatural creatures. Halloween started to become commercialized in the early 1900s and the custom of trick-or-treating began in the 1950s.Learn More
To do zombie makeup, start with a base of white makeup for a pale face, and use liquid latex and fake blood to create wounds. Create bruises or dark eye circles with red, blue, yellow and brown eye shadows or face paint.Full Answer >
Candy is traditionally given out on Halloween to children who dress up in costumes and go door-to-door asking for candy in a custom known as trick-or-treating. It is increasingly common for children to trick-or-treat in retail stores, or to receive candy at church or community carnivals.Full Answer >
Most experts believe that the tradition of wearing costumes on Halloween originated in ancient days with the Celtic festival of Samhain, where participants lit fires and wore costumes to scare away ghosts.Full Answer >
The tradition of dressing up for Halloween most likely comes from the Medieval practices of "mumming" and "going a-souling," which historically took place on All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Mumming meant dressing up in costumes, singing, dancing, play-acting and making other general mischief. Souling meant going door to door offering prayers for the dead in exchange for treats. Current Halloween customs are an amalgamation of traditions from Celtic, various pagan and Roman traditions.Full Answer >