Long Live Halloween

Mia DeMarco

Trick or Treat! We all know that saying. It’s the day where kids get to dress up and get free candy.  Over time, so much has changed but let’s talk about It.

Over 2,000 years ago in Ireland, there was a Celtic festival of Samhain ( A person that people praised to and made sacrifices for) where people would dress up to warn off ghosts.  The day was created because then the Irish believed the world of the living and dead were being combined if they dressed up and scared-off all the ghosts. The day was also a day that marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter. This was a time of year that was often associated with human death. The people would destroy crops and start sacred bonfires and throw animals and crops in the fire as a sacrifice.

Later, Halloween comes to America. Starting around 1840 it became more of a happy holiday in the US. You dress up in characters and you go door to door looking for candy. People put decorations up in their houses inside and out.  Haunted houses were created to “get a good scare”. Some people pay a good amount of money to be scared.

Over time, Halloween have changed so much. It went from a day to come together and scare off unwanted ghosts to a day to play dress up and get candy, watching scary movies, and enjoy “spooks” with friends and family. In 2021, it is estimated that 70% of Americans celebrate Halloween in the US today.