What do you think of when someone says “Halloween”? Is it the candy? The costumes? “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown?” (I think of that.) Whatever you think of on Halloween, I bet it’s not the origins of this holiday.
Halloween came from the Celtic holiday Samhain (pronounced sow-in) on November 1st. October 31st became known as Samhain Eve, and it was said that the ghosts of the dead came back to life to haunt for just one day.
After the Catholic church changed it all to “All Saints Day” kids would dress up, and get wine, food, or money in exchange for singing, reciting poetry, or telling jokes.
It wasn’t until the 1950's when Halloween became this family friendly event.
That means Halloween as we know it is less than one hundred years old!