It's a carry over from when the Druids celebrated All Hallows Day. It took place on November 1st. They dressed up in costume to scare the bad spirits and goblins away. Many of the things we have for Halloween, such as the Jack 'O Lantern, was prat of it. It was replaced by the Catholic Church as All Saints Day. Many of the old traditions, like Halloween, never left, no matter what anyone or religion did to stop it or change it. A good thing always stays. But like the May Day celebration it didn't. How many people you know still dance around the May Pole on May 1st. That was a celebration for the young women of the village to select their husbands.
Google these things, there fun to learn about.
Another thought. You'll see why we never left paganism as a practice. All practices were kept because people just don't change easily, plus, it was a way for the Catholic Church to bring people into Christianity. The church adopted the practices around one part of it's dogma, such as All Hallows Day became All Saints Day, so people would come in.
Look at Christmas. The Romans, their religions, celebrated the Winter Solstice on the 25th of December, the Mithrus Religion celebrated the birth of Mithrus on the 25th of December, Hanukkah around the 25th of December, and so on. All these holidays were gathered into one for one specific reason. To bring people to one religion.
Halloween is a modern-day holiday originating in the Celtic pagan holiday of Samhain (in Christian times, the eve of All Saints Day). Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to copy the evil spirits or placate them.The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family's ancestors were honoured and invited home while harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm.
It's a commericalized version of ancient traditions.
Wiccans and witches dress up in robes or costumes to celebrate the Wiccan New Year on Halloween, the one time in the whole year where the spirit world is closest to ours. They have done this for centuries.
The markets and companies in time have taken it and commericalized it to make money, as they did with Santa for Christmas. Traditionally, it is a sacred event, serious for all witches. I look forward to celebrating my first Wiccan Halloween this year x]
I think it's a great celebration, just never quite understood the scary costumes....Some people over here join in the Halloween celebrations but tend to get carried away with the 'tricks or treaty' stuff and egg peoples' garage doors if you do not give them sweets when they knock on the doors which is a nuisance.
If I can nerd it up a little... The ancient celts thought that as samhain approached... the veil between realities narrowed and the entities inhabiting the other realities could enter into ours. They felt like they had to dress accordingly to keep them from taking up a new residence down the street.
It is. Christmas is the best one. Do you want to know why we celebrate Christmas as we do. Google it. It was never meant to be celebrated as we do today. It was a holly day where people went to church to worship. Same as Easter. That's a good one too.
halloween used to be a religious holiday where everyone would dress up in scary costumes to scare away all the evil spirits. also people used to say bless you after someone sneezed because they used to think that your soul came out of you when you sneezed.
Because Halloween allows people to wear things that normally are *not* anywhere near socially acceptable. Since this only happens once a year, most go all out and try very hard to have the best or most scary thing out there. People just enjoy it, I guess.
Thanks Kent. I will google the May Pole celebration day, sounds very interesting. It's nice to read what other people in different parts of the world get up too and the reason for the celebrations they promote.
Of course you can nerd it up a little, Enstein nerd...... It's making more sense now. Kind of like superstitions thing, visiting a graveyard and not speaking ill of the dead incase they try to follow you home.
Thanks I see. So on Halloween the spirts all return with the living. What happens if people do not dress up, would the spirits stay on or take them with them?
Probably just spook or haunt or prank them. Maybe m*rder them to death, I dunno. That probably depends on the scary thing.
To disguise themselves as scary things so that the REAL scary things out and about on Halloween night don't mess with them.
Honestly I just went for the candy. I mean who says no to free candy? Why spend money on something you wear once a year?
lol... yeah... If I can ever muster up the nerve... I'll have to try that.
Because Satan likes it...