Halloween is thought to have originated from the merging of two celebrations over time.
These two celebrations were called ‘Samhain’ & ‘All Saints Day’ & were both held close to Nov 1.
Samhain was a Celtic festival that began around 2,000 years ago.
It was a meeting that celebrated the end of the harvest.
Although its main purpose was to gather resources for the upcoming winter, some folklore suggest that it was also a time to consult the dead.
Other sources indicate that it was a time where the underground palaces of the gods could be revealed.
Some stories indicate that people would light a large bonfire and wear costumes to the celebration.
During the 8th Century, All Saints Day was created by Pope Gregory III to honor saints and martyrs.
Some of the traditions of Samhain were incorporated into All Saints Day.
The day before All Saints Day was later called All Hallows Eve, then nicknamed Halloween.
Over time Halloween became the celebration we know & love today !