By: Angelique Taylor
Halloween is on October 31. The weather gets colder and creepy decorations get put up on front doors. Get your costume and tricks because we are going to look at the holiday’s origins.
Where it began: The origins of Halloween have come from European culture. It’s roots are in the ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of Samhain including Wiccan and pagan culture, when people would connect with the dead and honor them, as the Celts believing that the dead returned to earth on Samhain, which is now known as Halloween.
What is Samhain? Samhain is a Gaelic festival that usually involves dancing and playing Gaelic folk music, either at a house party or a larger concert at a social hall or other community gathering place. Marking the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter, it is held on November 1. Pope Gregory III used this time to honor all saints. All Saints Day is the same day as Samhain. On the night, people gathered to light bonfires, offer sacrifices, and pay the dead and people looking to connect with the land and traditions as the seasons turned. As Halloween has evolved over the many years, you have to go to the door and say the popular phrase “Trick or Treat!” while wearing your costume and hopefully not get tricked and only get the treats.
Halloween Trick-or-Treat for the City of Bellbrook is Sunday, October 31, from 6 pm to 8 pm.