Halloween: why do we celebrate it and when is it?

A collection of Jack O'Lanterns.

Why are we celebrating scary season? (Image: Getty)

Check behind every door and look under every bed because it is Halloween – the season of spooky, scary and surprising.

Halloween has long been a favorite holiday for children and adults alike, with carving pumpkins and choosing costumes all part of the day’s exciting build-up.

Halloween has looked quite different over the past two years due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – but with no lockdown restrictions in 2022, many Brits will be keen to trick-or-treat in the celebrations.

However, many are not aware that the popular day has a rather spooky origin.

So, why is Halloween on October 31st and why are we taking part in the terrifying celebrations?

Here’s what you need to know.

Why do we celebrate Halloween?

Two little girls carving pumpkins.

Halloween was originally a pagan festival (Picture: Getty)

In Celtic days, Samhain or the Festival of the Dead was one of the most important pagan festivals.

The festival marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, or the “darker half” of the year, and took place roughly halfway between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice.

It is often associated with death as the Celts believed that spirits returned to earth on this day.

To ward off the evil spirits and spirits, people built huge bonfires around which they would gather to burn crops, sacrifice animals, and put on costumes.

In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III. November 1st a day to honor saints and martyrs.

He made sure that All Hallows included some of the traditions of Samhain to keep peace with the Gentiles.

Samhain was renamed All Hallows’ Eve, which eventually evolved into Halloween.

The US introduced Halloween celebrations when the Irish potato famine in 1846 led to mass migration to America.

People dress up in costumes and knock on their neighbors’ doors to ask for money or food, which over time morphed into a modern-day trick-or-treating activity.

The event became hugely popular across the US and eventually became the holiday we know today – a celebration of all things that happen during the night.

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