Traditionally in the western world Halloween has always been associated with people going out dressed as spooky ghouls, looking for edible favours in return for a pledge not to get up to any trouble!
Surprisingly, this festival of celebrating All Hallows’ Eve has a rich history dating centuries back. The celebration can be traced as far back as 2,000 years. In a pre-Christian Celtic festival known as Samhain, which loosely translates to ‘summer’s end’ in Gaelic or the festival of the Dead .
To mark the end of the harvest and prepare for winter, the time of transition in between was believed to have supernatural powers when spirits of the dead would cross over into the other world. Families would gather together and there would be feasts and private ceremonies and rites.
During the years people would disguise themselves and go door-to-door, asking for food. Halloween as also became a time for telling ghost stories, carving of faces into hollowed-out vegetables such as swedes and turnips. The faces would be illuminated from within by a candle and lanterns would be displayed on window sills to ward off any evil spirits.
Also the use of pumpkins these days is a relatively modern innovation, more of an imported idea from the United States. The colours orange and black are associated with Halloween because of the pumpkin and black cats, plus black is always the colour associated withe the Grim Reaper (Death) the true harvester of souls (sic).
Over the centuries Halloween has had a long transition from pagan ritual to more of a party night being celebrated around the world. So, whether you will going out partying this Halloween or stay at home devouring candies, cupcakes or cocktails after midnight over spooky TV shows or fill, you might want to be aware of the awesome rich history involved in the creation of this night