Get into the Halloween spirit with this article from the Nazareth Patch by Anthony Rando. Rando explains the way Halloween transformed from a 2,000 year old Celtic celebration to what we have today.
When we think of Halloween, images of ghosts, vampires and ghouls fill our minds. We also think of haunted houses and costume parties, trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins.
What we don’t think about is praying for the dead or animal sacrifices. And most of us probably don’t think about using spirits to predict the future.
But once upon a time, people did.
Read on to find out how Halloween has evolved into what it is today!
1. Halloween dates back to the Celtic festival of Samhain. Around 2,000 years ago, the Celts, who lived in what is now Ireland and the United Kingdom, celebrated their new year — Samhain — on Nov. 1.
They believed that on the night before the new year, the spirits of the dead returned to earth. The ghosts, they believed, would cause trouble like destroying crops and setting fires.