Halloween is celebrated every year in America on October 31st

Halloween is celebrated every year in America on October 31st . The word Halloween comes from “All Hallows Eve” which eventually became “Halloween evening”(History). It is a holiday where people enjoy dressing up, trick-or-treating, throwing parties and, of course, eating a lot of candy. People also decorate their houses with scary yard art and place carved pumpkins outside to set the mood for Halloween. Not everyone celebrates Halloween, but for the many different types of people that do, the evening is sure to include some aspects of the origins of the holiday and the traditions that have built themselves upon these origins.
Many countries participate in Halloween, and most all of them celebrate it very differently. Some people in China celebrate Halloween. Halloween came to China by way of foreign teachers and other western impacts (Wu 1). On the chinese lunar calendar, the seventh month is the spookiest of the year (Wu 2). The Chinese believe ghosts roam the earth with the living during this time (Wu 2). Towards the end of the month, they may burn food or money so that the spirits can take it back to the other side with them (Wu 2). This same type of ritual is seen all around the world with such cultures as the Celtics and, most famously, Dia De Los Muertos in the Hispanic Culture (Obias 2). They, like the Chinese, do certain things to entertain the ghosts and to stay friendly with them (Wu 2).
According to “History.com”, Halloween may be celebrated differently in different parts of the world, the holiday itself shares a similar origin no matter where it is celebrated. Halloween dates back to the ancient Celtic Festival of Samhain. In this festival, people would participate in bonfires and dress up in costumes to scare off ghosts. These activities are obviously directly related to the activities that take place on Halloween today. In the eighth century pope Gregory III said that Halloween was a time to honor all saints. He then moved the holiday from May 13th to November 1st and expanded the holiday for martyrs as well. Over 2,000 years ago, people in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and France started celebrating Halloween on November 1st. October 31st marked the time where summer and the harvest season ended. It was also a time where the days began to get darker and colder, a time of year that was associated with human death. In the United States, Halloween was more common in Maryland and the southern colonies. Years ago, people dressed up as saints and went door to door which is the origin of trick-or-treating. Modern day Trick-or-treating was established in America in 1951 and the phrase was first used by the peanuts comic strip. All of these events and ideas culminated to create the modern day commercial holiday we call Halloween.
There are a lot of traditions that take place during the Halloween holiday. As far back as 1663, jack-o’-lanterns were associated with Halloween (Soniak 1). However, they were first represented by people instead of pumpkins. There is a legend that says there was once a man named Stingy Jack (Soniak 2). He played around with the devil, and when he died, he was rejected from Heaven and Hell. The devil gave him a burning coal to find his own hell. He walked around with the light in an old vegetable. The legend spread and any light one saw was supposed to be Jack lingering around. That is how the “jack-o-lantern” got its name. This also started the tradition of pumpkin carving. My family and I, and many others around the world, get together every year to carve pumpkins. What was first a legend about a man finding his own hell is now a family tradition for many. One of the most popular traditions of Halloween is trick-or-treating. During Samhain, Celtics believed if they set out food, it would make peace with the ghosts and spirits traveling during the night (Halloween 2). This soon developed into dressing up as creatures to keep the spirits away. They thought if they were dressed as ghost, evil spirits would be fooled. Irish and Scottish communities adopted this theory and tradition and brought it over to the Americas. Once it became popular in the United States, pranking was the main idea of trick or treating. Communities came together to make trick or treating more about giving candy than pranking. The dressing up tradition developed as well, but today it is not limited to malevolent costumes. Little kids and adults dress up as anything from movie characters to zombies to crayons. When I was a little kid I went from house to house to get my bucket full of candy. This is my favorite part of of Halloween. Another tradition of Halloween is the historic orange and black color theme. Celtics started using these colors in their festivals. Black represented the death of summer as a new season was approaching. The orange color represented the autumn harvest season. These colors have stuck throughout the years and are a symbol for Halloween everywhere. The idea of ghosts and spirits being around during Halloween has shaped our traditions in America. Haunted houses are very popular today during this season. These basic Halloween traditions with minor changes and variations are seen almost uniformly everywhere the holiday is celebrated.
My family starts off halloween a week before by carving pumpkins to put at the door. Every year, my family goes to my cousin’s house, and we have a big party with food and tons of candy. After we eat, we go around the neighborhood on a hayride with all the kids dressed in their costumes to go trick-or-treating. This is my favorite part because they always give me candy when they are all done. Halloween for my family is a happy time to spend together full of laughter and satisfied bellies. Most people around my town celebrate this holiday, but I know one person who does not. My neighbor is from Indian, and he never celebrates Halloween. When the trick-or-treaters come to his door, he simply ignores them. The thing that I hate most about Halloween are the people who come to your door looking for candy late at night after you have already turned your light out.
The Halloween holiday is very interesting in a number of ways. Traditions from long ago have crossed cultural and religious boundaries and are still alive and virtually unchanged today. Stories of Jack-o-lanterns have stuck around and have led to carving pumpkins. Setting out food and dressing as monsters to make amends with the spirits has turned into everyone dressing as whatever they want and trick-or-treating. The Celtics started this holiday over protection from the dead, and it is now one of the most popular holidays for America. Halloween brings families and friends together for pumpkin carving, trick or treating, and other fall festivities. Next time i am devouring my little cousin’s cache of Halloween candy, I’ll be sure to stop and think of the Celtics and their contribution to this now highly commercialized American holiday.