All Hallows’ Eve. Halloween. Happy Halloween Everyone! Halloween has been celebrated for centuries and has meant a lot of different things to a lot of different people. It was celebrated as an ancient Roman holiday festival of the dead on May 13th in 609. It was moved to November 1 by 835. It became a holiday to celebrate the harvest and prepare for the coming of winter. People in European countries continued to use it as a day to honor the dearly departed. They lit candles and carved turnips to carry like lanterns. The light, including bonfires, was used as a way thought to shepherd the departed to their homes. People used harvest fruits and vegetables to share with neighbors and those helping to light a path for souls to follow.
Costumes started to be used to honor someone or as a way for people to disguise themselves from evil spirits. In the United States, October 31st became the day for celebration due to increased European immigration. People started carving pumpkins since they were easily grown, bigger, and easier to carve. Documented celebration of what has become children going trick or treating goes back to 1911. By the 20th century Halloween has been celebrated coast to coast in the United States by people of all races, religions, and backgrounds. It has been part of popular culture since the 1930s.
People went from giving out homemade goods to prepackaged candy for safety reasons. Churches and other groups started Trunk-or-Treating as a safe alternative or addition as well. In the 1950s, UNICEF tried a fundraising campaign by giving out boxes for children to carry to collect money for needy children in other countries. This program was discontinued for safety reasons as well as administration reasons.
Today, people celebrate Halloween by Trick-or-Treating, reading scary stories, watching horror movies, having parties, with haunted houses, hayrides, corn mazes, and more. People still honor departed loved ones. Costumes now honor people in other ways or allow people to show off a bit of their personality. For example, my son is a hotdog! He is a funny kid after all! Whatever your part of the holiday will be, have fun and be safe! Be inspired! Have a bright day!