The Origin Of Trick-Or-Treating and Halloween

The Origin Of Trick-Or-Treating and Halloween

The spooky holiday of Halloween dates back more than 2,000 years, with traditions from various cultures added throughout the years. 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, such as dressing up in costumes. 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.


Key Facts In This Video

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    The custom of wearing masks at end of autumn celebrations likely comes from a Celtic new year Samhain tradition. (0:13)

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    The collective title of All Saints Day, All Soul's Day, and All Hallows-Even was called Hallowmas. (0:46)

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    The earliest known reference to "trick-or-treat" was printed in 1927. (1:59)

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