The Origin Of Trick-Or-Treating and Halloween

Halloween dates back more than 2,000 years, with traditions from various cultures added throughout history. This late-autumn celebration is also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, All Saints' Eve, and more. The creepy day is riddled with bizarre traditions, including, of course, dressing up in costume and going from door to door asking for candy. Costumes and masks near the end of autumn probably has its origins in the Celtic holiday of Samhain. This holiday was the new year celebration, a time when Celtics believed the realms of the dead overlapped with that of the living. The people would dress up as spirits to hopefully be left alone by the real evil spirits wandering the Earth on that day.

The History Of Trick Or Treating

It's really quite strange, when you think about it.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. The custom of wearing masks at end of autumn celebrations likely comes from a Celtic new year Samhain tradition. 00:13

  2. The collective title of All Saints Day, All Soul's Day, and All Hallows-Even was called Hallowmas. 00:46

  3. The earliest known reference to "trick-or-treat" was printed in 1927. 01:59

Where Did Halloween Come From

A bunch of super creepy traditions.

Is Halloween Dangerous?

Depends on who you ask.

Written by Curiosity Staff October 30, 2014

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