The Original Story of Halloween

Halloween is celebrated widely around the world, but do you know the original story and tradition behind it? Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve or Samhain, has a rich history that dates back more than 2,000 years.

The Origins of Halloween

The Celtic people of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales celebrated their new year on November 1st. They believed that on the night before the new year, which is October 31st, the boundary between the living and the dead became blurred. They believed that the dead would come back to earth and cause damage to crops, make retribution on those who did them wrong, and play tricks on the living.

To ward off the spirits of the dead, the Celts lit bonfires and offered sacrifices to their gods. They would also dress up in costumes and go house to house for food offerings in exchange for driving away the spirits. This is believed to be the origin of trick or treating.

The Influence of Christianity

In the 7th century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1st as All Saints’ Day, a day to honor all Christian saints and martyrs who did not have a particular day of recognition. This day was also known as All Hallows’ Day, with the night before becoming known as All Hallows’ Eve.

As Christianity spread throughout the Celtic regions, the traditional festivals and beliefs blended with Christian traditions. Halloween continued to be celebrated as a time of remembrance for the dead and saints.

Halloween Today

Halloween has changed over the years, transforming into a modern celebration with candy, costumes, and pumpkins. However, some of the original traditions, like trick or treating, pumpkin carving, and dressing up in costumes, still exist today.

Today, Halloween has become one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world. People from all cultures and backgrounds get into the Halloween spirit, decorate their homes, dress up in costumes, and go trick or treating.


The original story of Halloween is steeped in rich history and traditions. It brings together ancient and modern beliefs and practices, making it a unique and fascinating holiday. As you celebrate Halloween this year, take a moment to remember its origins and the people who created the traditions we still enjoy today.

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