The History of Halloween

Halloween isn't just a scary holiday, there is a lot of history!

Sydnee D., School Reporter

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The history of Halloween starts all the way back in 17 A.D. The Celts who lived 2,000 years ago in the areas that are now Ireland, The United Kingdom,  and Northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This marked the end of summer and harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter: a time associated with human death.

Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of living and dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, the Celts celebrated Samhain (sow-in).  It was believed that ghosts of the dead returned to the Earth. The Celts thought the spirits could predict the future.

Fun Facts

  • People would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghost.
  • The Irish brought the tradition of carving pumpkins and Jack-O’-Lanterns to the U.S!
  • The Irish didn’t have pumpkins they had turnips so they carved turnips!
  • The Irish would place embers in the turnips to ward off evil spirits!
  • Scotland and Ireland brought the holiday to the U.S!

 

 

 

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9 Responses to “The History of Halloween”

  1. Veronica on November 2nd, 2017 9:36 am

    I love the fact it is cool!

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  2. brianna on November 2nd, 2017 10:13 am

    this is a cool one

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  3. brianna on November 2nd, 2017 10:14 am

    This is a cool!

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  4. Mrs. Gansert on November 2nd, 2017 11:04 am

    Nice work! I didn’t know about this history.

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  5. Mrs. Lizza on November 2nd, 2017 1:32 pm

    Halloween is pretty spooky, based on the facts that you provided!

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  6. Mrs. Fletcher on November 2nd, 2017 7:21 pm

    I did not know the Irish used turnips, thanks for teaching me something new.

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  7. jasmin on November 16th, 2017 11:24 am

    These facts are so cool 😉

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  8. Tony on November 16th, 2017 11:24 am

    I didn’t know that people burned things so it scared off evil spirits.

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  9. Aboubakar sacko on November 16th, 2017 11:28 am

    That was so cool i liked reading it.

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