Category Archive: Halloween History

Halloween: Pagan Holiday or All in Fun?

Pagan Holiday or All in Fun? Halloween has Something for Everyone Trick or treat, kids and adults dressed up in costume, candy apples and haunted houses, today’s Halloween is not quite the same as Halloween of olden times. It wasn’t always as fun or as innocent as it is today. Halloween traces its origins back …

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Samhain – The Celtic Festival That Gave Us Halloween

Halloween has roots in the Celtic celebration Samhain (SOW-in). Samhain means “End of Summer” and is often referred to as the Celtic New Year. It is the start of the dark winter half of the year, as opposed to Beltane (occurring on May 1) which is the light summer half of the year. The festival …

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The Halloween Pumpkin: Jack-O-Lantern Legends And Facts

The pumpkin lantern, also known as the Jack-o-Lantern, is today synonymous with Halloween. However, this was not always the case – not only is the use of pumpkin relatively recent, but the Jack-o-Lantern did not used to be associated with Halloween either! This article discusses some of the history of the Halloween lantern. The Legend …

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A History of How Halloween Came to America

Halloween has most definitely been “Americanized,” in the sense that it has become all about buying large amounts of candy and discounted decorations.  It is a mindless holiday that people ritualistically practice without even thinking about it.  It is rare to hear someone talk about the history of Halloween.  However, the history of Halloween and …

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Fifty Fun Halloween Facts

Halloween is held on October 31st which is the last day of the Celtic calendar. The Halloween custom has evolved from the ancient Celts belief that the border between this world and “the Other-world” becomes thin on All-Hallows-Eve. People wore costumes to disguise themselves and avoid harm. The day after Halloween is called All Saints …

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