Facts of. Halloween. Halloween actually has its origins in the Catholic Church. It comes from a contracted corruption of All Hallows Eve. November 1 st , All Hallows Day (or All Saints Day) is a Catholic day of observance in honor of saints.
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Halloween actually has its origins in the Catholic Church. It comes from a contracted corruption of All Hallows Eve. November 1st, All Hallows Day (or All Saints Day) is a Catholic day of observance in honor of saints.
On November 2nd, All Souls Day, early Christians would walk from village to village begging for “soul cakes.” This is one origin of trick-or-treating.
The Celtic festival of Samhain is the basis for Halloween. Samhain, All Hallowtide, the feast of the dead in Pagan and Christian times, signalizing the close of harvest and the initiation of the winter season.
The day itself did not grow out of evil practices. It grew out of the rituals of the Celts celebrating a new year, and out of Medieval prayer rituals of Europeans.
In the 1800’s, people started to have Halloween parties. Part of the celebrations included costumes, fortune telling, and games such as bobbing for apples.
At the turn of the century, cities were overcrowded and Halloween marked the time to let off steam by playing practical jokes. By the 1930’s, things had gotten out of hand and serious damage was being done on Halloween. Trick or treating was promoted as an alternative to vandalism.
A man named Jack, who was notorious as a drunkard and a trickster, tricked Satan into climbing a tree. Jack then carved an image of the cross into the tree’s trunk, trapping the devil up the tree. Jack made a deal with the devil that, if he would never tempt him again, he would promise to let him down the tree.
The Irish used turnips as their “Jack’s lanterns” originally. But when the immigrants came to America, they found pumpkins were far more plentiful than turnips.
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