From the time I was a child to adulthood I never really gave much thought to the origins of Halloween. For me it’s always been a holiday that I was able to dress as my favorite superhero and go out with my friends and get free candy.
Halloween started about 2000 years ago by the Celtics and was originally a holiday to celebrate the end of the year, which was November 1. It was originally called Samhain and was a celebration of the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the winter months. Without the modern conveniences we have today many people and animals died in winter months and so Samhain came to signified death to the Pagan Celtics. They believed the night before the New Year that the wall between the living and the dead was open, allowing spirits of the dead, both good and bad, to mingle among the living. Everything done that day was focused on warding away those spirits. Celtics dressed in costumes and roam the town in an attempt to scare the spirits away, while others would leave offering of food, and lit jack o lanterns were used the same way.
It was a learning experience and somewhat relief that Halloween though much more commercialized and celebrated worldwide, has remained relatively the same in its celebration though the meanings have changed to a cheerful celebration.
In comparison to the way Halloween was originally celebrated to how it celebrated now do you think it maintains the spirit of the holiday?
In what way, if any, do you think Halloween has changed from the time you were a child to now?
Do you think the commercialization of Halloween is a good thing?