Monday, November 2, 2015

History of Halloween Dress Up

By Alyssa Bridge
October 27, 2015

Halloween has always been known as just the event that everyone dresses up and goes house to house to collect candy. However, it has a much more spooky background.
Halloween developed from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. This festival took place 2,000 years ago on the land that is now known as Ireland. November 1st was the Celts’ New Year and it marked the end of summer and the beginning of a season that was closely associated with human death. On the night before November 1st, the Celts believed that the dead would come back to Earth as spirits. Because of all of the ghosts, the Celts thought the Druids, Celtic Priests, would be better at predicting the future. Since this was such a huge event, the Druids would build bonfires for people to make animal sacrifices to the Celtic gods. When the people would throw things into the fire, they would be dressed in animal costumes. This is why we wear costumes today.

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