According to various sources Halloween is one of the most popular holidays second to Christmas. There are lots of ideas and views on what Halloween really portrays and what really is the story behind the holiday. Halloween has always entailed mystery, magic and superstition. The modern celebration of Halloween is a descendent of the ancient Celtic fire festival called “Samhain”. It was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth on that day.
By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a popular community-centered holiday with spectacular parades and town-wide parties. this was and still is, great entertainment for the local people.
Between 1920 and 1950, the practice of trick-or-treating was revived. Trick-or-treating was a inexpensive way for an entire community to share the Halloween celebration. Families could also prevent tricks on them by giving the neighbourhood children small treats.
From a religious point of view Halloween was originally a pagan holiday. This was celebrated on the 31st October to the end to the celtic calendar with respect and honour to the dead. It was also referred to ‘All hallows eve’ But as the debate goes on, not everyone views the holiday to be evil or filled with horror. Halloween is now celebrated with no reference to any rituals, “well, we think”.
As Halloween has been celebrated for over 2000 years. It has become a time for fun, trick-or-treating, telling spooky stories, awesome costumes and having themed parties.