Halloween History

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Halloween History

Pumpkin carved by Morgan Staab and Abby Rueschhoff

Pumpkin carved by Morgan Staab and Abby Rueschhoff

Pumpkin carved by Morgan Staab and Abby Rueschhoff

Pumpkin carved by Morgan Staab and Abby Rueschhoff

Abby Rueschhoff, Journalist/Editor

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Halloween isn’t just known for getting dressed up in costumes and going to house to house to get loads of candy. There are stories behind Halloween, maybe even some you’ve never heard of before. Some believed, or maybe even still believe, that Halloween was started by the festival of Samhain, which was part of the Celtic religion in parts of Europe. At the end of summer, and as fall approached, the Celts believed that the space between Earth, Purgatory, and Hell was where the ghosts and demons were. They believed that this space became thinner so the ghosts could come out around the time of Halloween. The only way to keep the spirits away was to build a giant fire and dress up as ghosts and demons so the spirits couldn’t get them. This story is just one of the many stories that people have about how Halloween was started. Now, we as Catholics should celebrate Halloween as “All Hallows Eve”, which is the day before “All Saints Day”. “All Hallows Eve” is a day to remember all the people who have passed away and have become saints. So, while you are out getting full from candy, try to remember all the saints that have helped you through your difficult times and how they have helped others too. Have a safe and fun Halloween!

For more information on this holiday check out the link below:

http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-trick-or-treating