“But I love Halloween, and I love that feeling: the cold air, the spooky dangers lurking around the corner.”
– Evan Peters
Halloween or All Hallows’ Evening is an annual celebration observed on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian meal of All Hallows’ Day. It is committed to remembering the dead, including martyrs and saints. Within Allhallowtide, the established focus of All Hallows’ Eve is using humor to face the power of death.
It is a time of commemoration and superstition. Some believe, its origin lies in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. During this festival, people would wear costumes and light bonfires with the aim to fight off roaming ghosts. Pope Gregory III, in the 8th November 1 as the day to pay tribute to saints and martyrs. All Hallows’ Eve or Halloween was the evening before November 1, All Saints’ Day. There are scholars who also believe the day began independently of Samhain.
Today, Halloween has developed as a secular event and is celebrated all across the world. Some of the classic Halloween activities include visiting haunting house attraction, lighting bonfires, carving pumpkins, playing pranks, telling scary stories and attending costume parties. In various parts of the world, the Christian observances comprise lighting candles on the graves of the dead and attending Church services.