Halloween began some two-thousand years ago in the Celtic region of the world. Some two-thousand years ago Halloween began and was known as the festival of “Samhain” which took place on the eve of November 1st.
It was believed that in order to be protected by the dead souls, which assumably roamed
the earth on this particular night, the household would set food and drink out on their doorstep to keep them at bay. The villagers would dress up as ghosts themselves when they went out on this night to protect themselves from the dead ghosts they feared.
“Souling” was also practiced. It meant women would bake “soul cakes” to sell in exchange for money and would thus pray for the souls of those departed. “Guising” began as children dressed up in costumes and went door to door to receive money or gifts from the villagers.
It was not until the late 1950's that Halloween became what it is still known for today. Pranks and tricks such as wrapping toilet paper around trees or throwing eggs on windows or cars became popular. “Trick or Treat” became the slogan to be said at each household door in order to obtain candy.
Billions of dollars are spent each year on candy and costumes. Getting the children's costumes purchased may be an added expense for parents but the anticipation of the event in itself warrants the cost! Happy Halloween!