Trick or Treat

History of Halloween

Halloween was first celebrated as a day to honor the dead. The holiday goes back to the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain. The Celts originate from Britain and Ireland who believed November 1st to be the start of a new year which bought an end to summer and harvest; therefore, October 31st was known as Hallows Eve. This was a time when ghosts would come to destroy the harvest saved for the winter.

Halloween in America

Halloween came to America and was more popular in the southern American colonies. The citizen would celebrate in "play parties" in which stories of the dead were shared. In the later part of the 19th century many immigrants moved to America and brought their own customs and traditions. The Irish held a big role in the change of Halloween tradition. After the immigrants moved they merged their tradition and that is when children began to dress up in costumes and go door to door asking for food and money a tradition that came to be known as trick-or-treat.