It’s that time of the year that brings feelings of mystery and excitement. Most homes have otherworldly displays of signature jack-o-lanterns, candy, and spooky decorations. Halloween is a time to explore the mystical world, have fun wearing costumes, and trick or treat with friends and family.
Like most traditions, Halloween has a rich history dating back 2,000 years to the Celtic Festival of Samhain. So why the name Halloween? Why not Samhain? Well, Halloween gets its name from “All Hallows Eve” which is the day before “All Saints Day”. It is named All Hallows Eve because the veil of the living and the dead opens and souls of the dead are allowed to come back to earth. According to a Time Magazine article by Cady Lang, many of these Celtic traditions were reframed with a Christian narrative that has created many of the Halloween traditions we have today.
Author: Fernanda Taborga B