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Halloween is integrally related to the prospect of contact with spiritual forces, many of which threaten (explains the Encyclopedia of American Folklore).

It is a festival held on October 31 each year, and on Saturday, October 31, Halloween 2020 will occur. The ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to fend off ghosts, originated the tradition.

Costumes

Some customs such as VAMPIRES, WEREWOLVES, WITCHES, ZOMBIES, have long been associated with the evil spirit world.
The main Reason behind the costume’s idea is that the Celts wore terrifying masks so that malicious spirits would falsely believe the wearers were spirits and would leave them alone. The church integrated ancient rituals steadily into the feasts of All Souls and All Saints. Later, celebrants went from house to house wearing costumes of saints, angels, and devils. And that’s why we see them heavily as customs people choose for their Halloween Celebration.        

Candy Serving

originated from ancient Celts who tried to appease wicked spirits with sweets. The church later encouraged celebrants to go from house to house on All Hallows’ Eve, asking for food in return for a prayer for the dead. This custom eventually became Halloween’s trick or treat.

Pumpkins, in order to repel bad spirits, carved, candlelit turnips were presented. The candle in the turnip portrayed, to others, a soul lost in purgatory. Later, more widely used were carved pumpkins.

Trick Or Treat

People claimed the spirits of the deceased were capable of mingling with the living during the time of Samhain. It was feared that the deceased would come back the next year in search of bodies to own. This was the only way of providing an after-life with these ghosts. The townsfolk, fearing abduction, did several things to deceive the spirits or frighten them away.

Druid priests wore masks at this time so that they would not be seen by evil spirits and targeted. Some were persuaded that if you fooled them by dressing up to look like them, the ghosts would leave you alone. Others believed that wearing creepy costumes would scare away bad spirits. Even in turnips or potatoes, several individuals cut demonic faces and placed candles inside them, an early Jack-o-lantern, to scare the spirits.

The “treat” portion of this holiday came from efforts by some to “buy off” by offering presents to these dark spirits. Some felt that the corpses of animals were imprisoned by these ghosts and could be freed by offering presents or tributes to the lord of the dead. (Art Braidic & Dennis Fischer).

While Halloween has been seen traditionally as an American holiday, it has been embraced by people in more and more countries each year.

Halloween developed over time into a day of events such as trick-or-treating, jack-o-lantern carving, holiday parties, wearing costumes, and eating sweets.

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