Halloween is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day to remember the dead and to think about what we can do to help them find peace.
In Ireland, people believed that on Halloween night, spirits would walk among the living. The people of Ireland would leave their homes open so that the spirits could enter and take some food which they had left out for them.
In Scotland, it was believed that witches flew through the air on Halloween night, visiting homes and causing mischief. Children would prepare themselves by putting pitchforks under their beds so that they could stick the witches as they flew past.
In England, people used to gather in cemeteries on Halloween night to light candles and sing hymns. They believed that this would help guide ghosts back into their graves where they belonged!
In America today, children go trick-or-treating door-to-door dressed up as ghosts or other scary things like vampires or werewolves. They get sweets from each house before moving onto another one!
Halloween is a beloved holiday that’s steeped in lore and legend.
Halloween Day is the time of year when the veil between this world and the next is thinnest, which makes it easier for spirits to come into our world. It’s also the day when we can honor our ancestors by remembering them and their stories.
The holiday has roots in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts believed that on October 31st, all of their dead ancestors would return to earth for one night. They would be able to communicate with them during this time if they left offerings at their gravesites. The offers often included food, drink, or even animals like cows or pigs.
This was seen as a way to honor those who had died before them while also appeasing any evil spirits that might be lingering around. It was thought that these spirits could cause harm if not given offerings! In addition to honoring their ancestors’ spirits, it was also believed that witches would be able to travel safely through the night sky on Halloween night without being afraid of being attacked by demons or evil spirits.
It’s time to get in the spirit of Halloween, and what better way to do that than by learning about its history?
It’s Orgins & History
The earliest known celebration of Halloween was started by the ancient Celtic people of Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man. They believed that spirits came back from the dead on this night and terrorized humans. They also believed that witches would fly around on broomsticks, so they dressed up in costumes to scare them away!
In Scotland and Ireland, people carved turnips into lanterns. They used these to light their way through the dark streets at night. In Ireland, these lanterns were called “jack-o’-lanterns.” It’s named after “Jack,” a famous trickster who tricked the devil into giving him his soul for six months. While in England, people carved pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns instead. The word “pumpkin” comes from an old English word meaning “large melon”.
Halloween has always been a holiday for children, even back in ancient times! Children would go door-to-door asking for candy or money. If they didn’t get anything from one house, they’d move on to another until everyone was out of treats.