History Of Halloween


Justin Petti

Halloween is a holiday that has been going on for over 2,000 years. Halloween started at the festival of Samhain among the Celts of ancient Britain and Ireland. At the festival, people would light bonfires and wear costumes to scare off ghosts. Over time Halloween has transferred from a day to scare off ghosts to a celebration. Children now go trick or treating and carve pumpkins on Halloween. Halloween is celebrated on October 31st every year. Halloween was brought to the United States by European immigrants during the 19th century. They brought costumes with them and that helped make Halloween become popular. By the 20th century, Halloween had become one of the most popular holidays in the United States. Some of the most popular candies given out on Halloween are Reese’s peanut butter cups, Skittle, M&Ms, Starburst, Hot Tamales, and Sour Patch Kids. In the 1920s and 30s, there were town-wide Halloween parties and parades. Some fun facts about Halloween are one-quarter of all candy sold in the United States is purchased for Halloween. Jack O Lanterns are from an Irish folk tale. Halloween translated to Saints evening. The record pumpkin weighed 2624 pounds, and the largest haunted house is in Canton Ohio! This year Halloween will be on a Sunday so look out for carved pumpkins or pumpkins weighing over 2,000 pounds!