Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve as it is often referred to is a holiday primarily celebrated in the United Kingdom & America. In modern days Halloween is often just a holiday were people dress up in masks and kids go around gathering candy from neighbors and friends, or sit around bonfires and tell scary stories to each other.
Lets take a moment to remember however, what this “holiday” was all about back when it was first practiced. Halloween’s origins are rooted in Celtic lore. In around 400 BC villagers would light huge bonfires and sacrifice livestock. These rituals were deemed to have protective and cleansing powers. This was named the festival of samhain. It was a festival to earn the blessings of the spirits or gods thought to have existed at the time, so that the villagers would have a good harvest. Today’s dressing up and going door to door for candy is taken from that ancient ritual. Back then of-course the villagers would dress up as a way to imitate the wondering spirits or some scholars believe it was to protect and hide themselves from them.
Halloween today has the same principle as the old Celtic festival but some things have changed due to modern society. For starters there is no livestock sacrifices & generally speaking we don’t dress up in costumes to hide from spirits but rather to scare people or simply have fun.
Personally I cant wait for Halloween. For me and I am sure that a lot of people will agree with me, the holiday is not just a time to sit at home and watch scary movies or dress up and go out to scare people. It is a chance to be whoever you want to be whether its a zombie or a princess without anyone judging. You can dress up and make-believe & generally enjoy your self without being compromised or flagged as odd or strange.