The history of Halloween.
The origins of Halloween are believed to date
back to the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain. .
Samhain marked the transition from the growing
season into winter and was widely celebrated with
animal costumes, bonfires and superstitious tales. .
After the Romans conquered the
Celts in 43 AD, Samhain evolved into
the Nov. 1 religious holiday of All Hallows.
Because of this, Oct. 31 was
marked as All Hallow’s Eve, which
is also known as Halloween.
From there, Puritan immigrants arrived
in America and brought the various
traditions of the holiday with them. .
All Hallow’s Eve became a time to host
“play parties” in celebration of the harvest, many
of which included costumes and scary stories.
In the 1800s, Irish immigrants arrived
in America and introduced the tradition
of tricking people on the holiday. .
The concept of treats was reinforced later on
in the 1930s, in order to control the “tricks” and
create a more family-oriented form of celebration. .
Candy companies began to fully capitalize
on Halloween in the 1950s, inventing the candy
we know and love even to this day.