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Halloween. ~ HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN ~. History of Halloween, like any other festival's history. It happens so gradually, spanning over so many ages, that we hardly come to know about these distortions, is being depicted here in this light.

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  • History of Halloween, like any other festival's history. It happens so gradually, spanning over so many ages,

that we hardly come to know about these distortions, is being depicted here in this light.

may be an innocent fun to relish on the Halloween Day. But just think about a bunch of frightening fantasies and the scary stories featuring ghosts,

witches, monsters, evils, elves and animal sacrifices associated with it. They are no more innocent .


~ORIGINS OF Halloween~

  • The name Halloween is derived from a transliteration of the phrase "All Hallows Eve", which means "eve or vigil of All Saints."
  • This event grew between the fall and winter. Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is believed to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. This holiday derives from the diabolical rites of Celtic priests called Druids. The Celts were tribes expanded in parts of Europe, and religious beliefs were based on polytheism (many gods). One of these deities was Saman, the god of the dead. 

The Druid priests, used to meet every year to invoke the god Shaman and thousands of evil spirits, in order to meet predictions for next year. After the Romans conquered the territories of the Celts (Scotland, Ireland, among others) for the year 43 BC, was added to the festival of the Druids, the invocation of Pomona, Roman goddess of fruit trees and a celebration was on October 31 of each year. This mix of pagan court festivities were added a number of ways, such as campfires, have fun with fruits and gourds make faces with burning candles inside. This date also had acquired the celebration of the arrival of autumn, gradually took a sinister character. Amid the festivities, evil spirits were invoked and relied on the existence of ghosts, goblins and all kinds of demons.



  • Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween.

Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money,

with the question, "Trick or treat?" The word "trick" "threat" to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given.

In some parts of Scotland children still go guising. In this custom the child performs some sort of trick, i.e. sings a song or tells a ghost story,

to earn their treats.



Origins of Jack O'Lantern

An Irish tale tells us where the origins of the name Jack o'lantern came from. There once was a man named Jack who liked to play tricks on people. He lived a long, mischievous life.

One day he tricked Satan into climbing a tree. Jack then carved the image of a Holy Cross in the trunk of the tree. This trapped the Devil up the tree.

Jack made a deal with the Devil that: he would let the Devil down the tree, if the Devil promised to never tempt him again.


After Jack died, he was not permitted into Heaven because of his evil ways. He was also denied access to Hell because he had tricked the Devil. The devil gave him a single ember to light his way through the freezing blackness. This flame was put inside a hollowed-out turnip to keep it glowing.

As Jack walked hisneverending journey as punishment for his trickery, he carried a burning coal insideaturnip to help him see along theroads everywhere he traveled. Soon he was known as "Jack of the lantern" or Jack O'Lantern.

In Ireland, turnips were used as their Jack's lanterns originally. However, immigrants to America, found pumpkins more plentiful than turnips. The Jack-O-Lantern in America was a hollowed-out pumpkin, lit with an ember.



  • People use as symbols of Halloween:
  • Owl: a symbol of darkness. Witches use sound to scare this animal according to them, the powers of darkness. They have their image as a good luck charm.
  • Frogs: It was one of the plagues sent by God on the Egyptian people, as they considered sacred and worshiped him.
  • Full moon and stars: Used in occult practices, witchcraft, magic and symbols adopted by the "new era" according to them we are in the age of "Aquarius" (astrology, belief in the stars).

Masks: false faces or faces are showing what is not really a person, used to make fools laugh at the kings of Rome.

  • Crystal Ball: Used by astrologers and new age, they also have similarities to the practices which employ quartz pyramids, pendulums for they said to bring good luck or positive magnetism and produce hypnotism.
  • Vampires: At the time of the Druids demons were represented by this figure. Then you know all the mythology of Dracula.
  • Blakc cats: It was a deity in ancient pagan cultures, the witchcraft is used to perform all sorts of satanic practices, was worshiped in the city of Ephesus in the Christian era.
  • Others symbols are bats, blood, ghosts, pumpkins, spiders, skeletons and witches.


  • In typical Halloween no songs as: ''The Critter Got Away?‘ 'From Poland, ''The Dragon‘‘ from Indonesia or '‘Old Witch, Old Witch!'‘ From America.Other songs that we can find related to Halloween are: ''This is Halloween the movie'‘ The Nightmare Before Christmas or the version sung by Marilyn Manson.


  • At Halloween, one of the typical foods that are usually taken are: candy, cookies, pumpkin pie.

The candies are given to children when they go to the neighbors.

Other meals are typical Halloween:

  • Funeral Sandwiches:
  • Dead Fingers:

Onlookers plugs:

  • Damn brain:
  • Mummies on a Stick:


  • To scare children on Halloween night, they tell stories about ghosts of fear: ''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving'', ''The Premature Burial by Edgar Allen Poe'‘ or ''The Tell-Tale ''Heart by Edgar Allen Poe.


  • In Spain, November 1, the feast of All Saints''`` It's a day to commemorate all Catholic saints are in the afterlife.People often go to cemeteries to put flowers on the graves and to ensure their deceased relatives.There are many assumptions in our country, one of them is the assumption of bad luck for black cats to you across your way and the quickest way to take off that bad luck is to touch some wood.A tradition in Spain are ``''Las Fallas, a festival in which lights up the sky with fireworks and the streets are filled with people dressed.


Montado por:

  • Alejandro López.
  • Juan José Hernández.
  • Gema Yelo.
  • José Manuel García.
  • Pilar Buendía.