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Halloween is a holiday and celebrated in some countries every year on October 31st. The tradition dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when people lit bonfires and wore costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III ordained November 1 to honor all saints. Soon, all Saints Day includes some of the traditions of Samhain. It begins the observance of Allhallowtide, a time of ceremonial year dedicated to the remembrance of the dead, including saints, martyrs, and all faithful.

One theory holds that many Halloween traditions originated from the ancient Celtic harvest festivals, most notably the Gaelic festival Samhain, which probably had pagan origins, and that Samhain itself became Christian as Halloween through the early church. other scholars believe that, like ancient festivals like Samhain, Halloween also begins as a Christian holiday

The word Halloween or Hallowe’en dates from about 1745 and it is of Christian origin. the meaning of the word “Hallowe’en” is Saints’ evening”. 

Halloween activities

In some countries, Trick-or-treating is a traditional Halloween costume for children and adults. On the evening before All Saints’ Day on 1st November, children in costumes travel home to home and ask for a feast with the phrase “trick or treat”. “Treat” is usually a form of candy, although in some cultures instead of candy money is given. “Trick” refers to a threat, usually inactive, if no treatment is given, then commit mischief on the homeowner or their property. The trick-or-treating usually takes place on the evening of October 31st. 

 

 

Sometimes homeowners decorate their homes with artificial spider webs, plastic skeletons, and jack-o-lanterns if they wishing to participate  Not every residence can be equipped for the holiday, while participants in the candy-giving operation will leave a porch light to indicate the opportunity for candy is available. some simply leave the candy in a bowl on the porch. while Some homeowners before providing them with candy may go as far as asking trick-or-treaters for a “trick” 

 

Halloween activities include carving pumpkins in jack-o-lanterns, visiting haunted attractions, lighting bonfires, attending Halloween costume parties,   telling scary stories, playing pranks, apple bobbing,  division games, as well as watching horror movies along with trick-or-treating.

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