Halloween is a holiday celebrated amongst people from different countries including the United States of America. Children as well as teens enjoy wearing their costumes on all hallows eve for trick-or-treats (doing something funny or scary, saying a poem or a trick for candy).

Halloween has evolved over a thousand years which was initially a religious observance. It’s religious trappings disappeared after it became increasingly secular over the centuries.
Halloween is an ancient celtic festival known as Samhain which was held on November 1 in contemporary calenders. People dress in costumes and lit bonfires because it was believed souls of the dead return to their homes that day. Halloween tropes such as witches and goblins became associated with the holiday.
Fall festivals marking the seasonal harvest incorporated Halloween elements by 1800, and Irish immigrants escaping the Potato Famine brought many Halloween traditions that remain today.
By 1950, trick-or-treating for candy had become one of Halloween’s most popular activities. Today, Halloween is one of the biggest holidays for candy sales in the United States, exceeding $2.5 billion annually.

Those same prophecy-speaking priests commemorated the night by building huge bonfires that became the hub for evening activities. People gathered around in costume to disguise themselves from ghosts, tried to tell each other’s fortunes, enjoyed a big feast, and made lanterns out of gourds (sound familiar?).

These pagan traditions continued until Christianity extended its influence into the Celtic lands, and the celebration became generally toned down. The name “Halloween” came from the Christian All Souls’ Day celebration, also known as “All-hallows.” And since All-hallows was on November 1, folks began to call Samhain “All Hallows Eve.” Now, what about the apples on Halloween? We can possibly attribute their introduction to early Roman conquests and the Romans’ own fall holiday which was symbolized by an apple.

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