As Halloween approaches, you may be wondering how the year’s most terrifying celebration got started. For instance, when did children start trick-or-treating, and why do we carve pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns?
Halloween originated in the United States around the nineteenth century, when the Irish immigrated to America, bringing with them their celebrations, including All Saints’ Day.
On the Catholic calendar, All Saints’ Day was a feast day. On November 1st, people celebrate all the people who have gone to heaven. People would hold vigils the night before All Saints’ Day for souls who had not yet entered heaven and were stuck in purgatory. It was basically a night to pray for the dead, and thus Halloween was born.
Halloween’s origins can be traced back to the Celts of ancient Ireland, who celebrated the new year on November 1. That day marked the end of the warm, fruitful summer months and the beginning of the cold, dark winter, a season most often associated with death. So, on October 31, the night before the new year, they celebrated (cue the eerie voice) Samhain.
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It was a night when the line between the living and the dead worlds blurred, and ghosts could return to walk the earth. Or so they thought. The term “Halloween” was derived from the Christian celebration of All Souls’ Day, also known as “All-hallows.” Because All Hallows Eve fell on November 1, people began to refer to Samhain as “All Hallows Eve.”
Turnips, rather than pumpkins, were used to carve Jack-o’-Lanterns in Ireland. It is said to be based on a legend about a man named Stingy Jack who recurrently entombed the Devil and only let him go on the condition that Jack never go to Hell. When Jack died, he discovered that Heaven did not want his soul either, so he was compelled to wander the Earth as a ghost for eternity. To light his way, the Devil gave Jack a burning lump of coal in a carved-out turnip. Locals eventually began sculpting scary faces into their turnips to frighten away evil spirits.
The Best Halloween Movies to Watch Right Now :
- It Follows (2014) :
“After a sexual encounter, a young woman is pursued by an unknown supernatural force.”
One of the favorite horror films of all time, and Netflix was wise to retain the rights for so long.
2.Till Death (2021):
“In a sick revenge plot, a woman is left handcuffed to her dead husband.” She must survive as two killers arrive to finish her off, unable to free herself.”
The Megan Fox renaissance is real, and she’s spectacular in this gruesome, strangely empowering film.
3. His House (2020):
“A refugee couple flees war-torn South Sudan, but they struggle to adjust to their new life in an English town where evil lurks beneath the surface.”
A stunning, underappreciated piece of horror about refugees and the horrors they bring with them from other countries.
4. The Ritual (2017):
“A group of old college friends reunites for a trip to a forest in Sweden, Northern Europe, but they are stalked by a menacing presence.”
5. The Fear Street Trilogy (2021):
“A group of adolescent friends stumble upon the ancient evil responsible for a series of brutal murders that have plagued their town for over 300 years.” “Greetings from Shadyside.”