What Is Halloween?
Halloween has become one of the most popular holidays in the United States and worldwide. Around 148 million people have planned to celebrate Halloween in 2021 alone in the USA. And after the post-pandemic situation, the celebration this year will be much more significant.
Halloween comes from All Hallows’ Eve, the night before the Feast of All Saints, a religious holiday celebrating saints in the Catholic Church.
The practice that eventually became Halloween—dressing up in costumes, trick-or-treating, and engraving pumpkin lanterns or will-o-the-wisp—developed slowly over the centuries and was influenced by similar celebrations worldwide.
Halloween All Quick Overview
- Time/Date: 31st October
- Category: Fun
- Where It’s Marked: USA
- Why It’s Marked: To celebrate the creepiest, most ghostly holiday of them all.
History of Halloween
Samhain, a holiday with sacred roots, is where Halloween first emerged. The Samhain festival was one of the main festivals of the Celts. Historians state that it can be dated back to 2000 and is mainly observed by indigenous people of the UK, Ireland, or the Northern part of France.
The Celts marked the 31st of October to celebrate Samhain. At that time, the day was considered the day before the new year. The significance of the Samhain festival was the reunion of the worlds of the Living and Dead.
According to Celtic belief, these two worlds are separated by a border that remains faded for the whole night of Samhain. And upon crossing the indistinct border, the people who are dead could enter the living world again. They also believed that all souls could communicate and humans could talk to these spirits.
Bonfires were lit, and there would be large feasts where people would wear costumes so that any wandering spirits would not recognize them. As Christianity spread across Europe during the Middle Ages, this pagan holiday gradually took on Christian overtones.
With growing popularity, Americans started dressing up as saints or angels alongside ghosts and zombies. Pope Gregory iii then moved the Feast of All Saints from May 13th to November 1st.
What Does It Mean to Trick or Treat?
The practice of trick-or-treating is thought to have originated with a European custom called souling. On November 2, All Souls' Day, early Christians would walk from village to village begging for soul cakes. In return for these cakes, which were given to them in order to pray for dead relatives, they would offer up prayers on behalf of the giver's deceased loved ones.
How to Celebrate Halloween?
Halloween is a holiday that has been around for centuries. In many countries, people believe that the dead come back to life on this night and walk among us.
To celebrate this holiday and disguise themselves among the ghosts, people dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, and decorate their homes with spooky decorations. Some of the popular decor ideas are given below:
1. Pumpkin Carving Party for Kids
Start your Halloween the day before and arrange a small get-together for your kid and his friends. You can make decorations, color, and, most importantly, crave pumpkins.
2. Bloody Mirrors
What’s the use of holding a party if you fail to give your guests goosebumps? How? It is easier than you think. Follow these steps:
Step 01: Grab your red lipstick.
Step 02: Use it the right way this Halloween and write a spooky note on your bathroom mirror.
Step 03: And wait for someone to go in and scream!!
3. Spooky Photo Frames
You may not know how many photos you have taken with your friends. But now you will learn how to utilize them properly.
Take any group or single photos and attach yellow or red small LED lights on the eyes and teeth. There you go surprising your guests with their very own spooky version.
4. Solve the Mystery
To level up your theme game for this Halloween, you can add small games to your party. Hide clues for a mystery murder case in the cakes or glass of the drink and have fun all night looking for the Ghost!
5. Mummify the Guests
Among all the nerve-wracking ghost costumes, nothing can beat the Mummy. So, set up a bunch of toilet paper rolls for your party and mummify the guests who will lose a game.
6. Zombie Theme
Are you a Twilight fan? If yes, go for the zombie theme this Halloween with fake teeth and capes.
7. What’s in the Future!?
From ancient times, people tend to feel the urge to know their mysterious future. And there are many folklores, myths, and stories about predicting the future.
So, grab a glowing light ball, cards, or magnifying glass and start telling the future of your guests! But tell them beforehand that you will not be responsible if even one of them comes true.
Countries That Observe Halloween
Halloween was initially celebrated in Scotland and Ireland. When immigrants from these countries started residing in North America, Halloween greatly influenced the whole nation.
And no other country celebrates Halloween as outstanding as the United States does! Other countries that observe Halloween are given below:
Since Halloween has Celtic and pre-Christian roots, historians believe Canadians have celebrated Halloween for a long time. Canadians also believe that dead spirits visit the living world on this day.
Like many other colorful Mexican festivals, Halloween is also celebrated in Mexico.
Irish people think the line between the dead and the living becomes blurred on Halloween. They often call Halloween the ‘End of summer’ or ‘Samhain.’
No one can beat the Dutch when it comes to dressing up as spooky ghosts with costumes and makeup. With the weird, scary looks, people of all ages celebrate Halloween by parading on the streets.
Belgians celebrate Halloween by paying respect to their deceased relatives and commemorating them by lighting candles and making their favorite foods.
As you can see, Halloween is pretty popular in these countries. There are other countries, for example, Australia, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Italy, Poland, and South Korea, where the occasion has been gaining more popularity recently.
Interesting Facts about Halloween
You must have celebrated Halloween since childhood and attended fun parties wearing creepy costumes. But do you know what the most interesting facts about Halloween are? Here they are-
- There is an Irish myth that Stingy Jack was the original behind the story of ‘Jack o’lantern.’
- The original name of Candy corn was Chicken feed because people used corn as chicken feed before.
- New Hampshire Pumpkin festival lights the maximum number of lanterns on display-30,581. It is a world record.
- To this day, there are many fortune-telling stories and superstitions in old English folklore about Halloween.
- The stories behind Dia de Los Muertos and Halloween are not the same. They are two different festivals with particular significance.
- Candies have been a famous trick or treat since the 1970s.
- Sacrificing cats to predict the future is a part of ancient Celtic Halloween.
- There are multiple games and superstitions that you can use to play with your friends and predict your future lover on Halloween.
- The most prominent colors of Halloween are orange and black. Orange represents the changing leaves of autumn, and black represents the cold, spooky winter.
Unique Halloween Celebration Ideas
So, what’s your plan for this Halloween? Of course, you will carve the pumpkins and buy costumes for your party, but what about the decor and the games?
Continue reading to learn how to make your Halloween spooky and memorable for your ghost guests on Halloween night with unique ideas.
1. Halloween Masquerade Grand Party
Whether you live in a big mansion or a small flat, you can still make the 31st of October night grand with the Masquerade party. Feathered zombies, angels, or ghost masks create a mysterious ambience with metallic-colored pumpkins.
While dancing and drinking with the masks, you will never know who will try to scare you!
2. Skull Wreath on your Door
Let your guests and the kids who will come for trick-or-treat know that a dangerous witch lives in your house! Before starting the indoor decoration, hang a skull wreath on your door to make the mood first.
3. Haunted Mansion Party Retro or Disco?
Don't you think every house party on Halloween seems to have the same lights and accessories? If you want to do something unique for your party, you can turn your place into a Haunted Mansion. All you need is fake spider webs, candelabras, creepy old photos with red eyes and teeth, red lights, projectors, and, if possible, animators to scare the hell out of your guests.
4. Retro or Disco?
If you are not a movie person and want all-night fun on Halloween, go old-school. Both retros with black light and discos with costumes have been popular and unique trends for the last few years.
Gather all the black and orange items, Frankestine cake, creepy dolls, statues with blood stains, and vintage candy buckets from the thrift store for your Retro theme. And disco lights with costumes for the disco theme. Don’t forget to get a haunted playlist!
5. Your Favourite Movie Theme
If you want to show your creative side this Halloween, you must go for your favorite horror movie! You can choose from Alice in Wonderland, Stranger Things, Harry Potter, Twilight, The Great Gatsby, and many more this year. You can have cakes, decorations, and makeovers like your favorite characters.
Are you looking for some eerie and mysterious quotes to hang on the walls of your Halloween party? Then scroll down and read the quotes below to share as texts or frame up to terrify your guests.
“Believe nothing you hear and only one half that you see.”- Edgar Allan Poe
“It’s as much fun to scare as to be scared.”-Vincent Price
“October was always the least dependable of months…full of ghosts and shadows".
“Ghosts and goblins come to play on October’s final day!”- Rusty Fischer
“When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween.”- unknown
“This witch can be bribed with chocolate”- unknown
“Hell is empty, and the devils are here” - William Shakespeare
“Werewolves howl. Phantoms prowl. Halloween’s upon us now.” - Richelle E. Goodrich
1. Is Halloween the devil’s birthday?
No, the devil’s birthday is on May 29 and June 11 in Denmark and Norway.
2. Why don't Christians celebrate Halloween?
Some Christians believe that Halloween is a celebration of worshiping Satan and Witchcraft.
3. What religion is against Halloween?
Muslims, Jews, and Christians do not celebrate Halloween.
4. Is Halloween in the Bible?
No, there is no direct mention of Halloween in the Bible.
5. Who started Halloween?
The Celtic festival of Samhain is the origin of Halloween.
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