When was Halloween invented for kids?
Halloween was started by the ancient Celts who lived in parts of modern-day Ireland, Britain, and France. They were a group of tribal people who had their own customs and celebrations before the Christian calendar #160; the days that take place on the same date every year#160; was established.
Halloween or Hallowe’en (a contraction of “All Hallows’ Evening”), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is observed yearly on October 31. It is celebrated in countries with large numbers of Christians such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Great Britain, and the United States #160; where it has become a national holiday. The ancient Celtic festival was celebrated at the end of the summer harvest.
Halloween is a combination of a Gaelic and a Christian tradition, which incorporates themes from Celtic mythology and legend, such as Halloween being originally a night associated with magic. Halloween customs include trick-or-treating (which often involves wearing costumes), attending Halloween parades and parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions #160; sites formerly used for pagan festivals or burial grounds#160; and divination games such as bobbing for apples.
In 1801 an author identified as “a lady in Pennsylvania” wrote:
The first time I recollect hearing anything about Halloween was … Mrs. Reed who was our neighbor and an intimate friend invited us, children, to go with her … she had heard Halloween was a very frolicsome time … We went and gathered walnuts and watermelon seeds, played Halloween games, dressed up in masks and old clothes; some got birch-brooms and swept the floor clean; then we all sat around the great fire and told stories.
Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced as “sah-wen” or “sow-in”). Samhain was held on November 1 each year. It marked the end of summer and the beginning of winter. This transition from warm to cold weather was treated as the most spiritually significant time because it meant that nature itself began dying.
The ancient Celts believed that on Halloween the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became thin. Thus people left food offerings to their dead ancestors that evening. For this reason, Halloween was long associated with Halloween “soul cakes,” a type of bread baked in small round shapes. People would eat soul cakes while attending parties for other spirits, such as fairies. In addition, Halloween divination games made from nuts or dried berries were popular at Halloween time in 18th-century America
In modern times Halloween has become a holiday for children and teenagers who enjoy going door to door trick-or-treating #160, and getting free candy from homeowners#160;in costumes resembling spooky characters such as witches and monsters.#160; Halloween is also a time for adults to get together and share their memories from Halloween parties they attended in the past. Halloween also has a long history of mischief and vandalism, known as “mischief night” in some parts of the world.#160;In the United States Halloween is often associated with pranks such as pulling Halloween decorations down from front porches or covering trees and shrubs with toilet paper.
Why Halloween is the best holiday?
Halloween is the best holiday because it gives you a reason to dress up and try different things out. You can be whatever you want when dressing up for Halloween. There are so many ideas on how to do your Halloween costume, but most importantly, there aren’t any rules!
There are also tons of ways you can do your makeup or even find a nice accessory. You could go as a zombie, a pirate, a clown, angel, witch… There are so many options that people tend to get really creative with their costumes! It doesn’t have to be just one character either; you could dress up as two separate characters or group costumes with friends or family members! You could even do your own creation, like a meme or something.
You can also dress up according to the holiday of Halloween itself! Make sure to check out our list of 2018 Halloween Costumes for some ideas on what you could be this year! You don’t have to limit yourself just because it’s Halloween either; if there is an idea you love, then go for it! Be whoever or whatever you want and enjoy Halloween to its fullest! Happy Halloween 🙂