Halloween Celebrations

Halloween is a holiday which is celebrated on 31st October. It is originated from Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian hallowed day of All Saints’ Day. And it is a basically worldly celebration, but several pagans and Christians have expressed their feelings about its spiritual overtones. Irish immigrants conceded versions of tradition to North America throughout Ireland's Great Famine of 1846. And the day is associated with colors black and orange and it is powerfully associated with signs such as jack-o'-lantern. In United States, more than 60% of public celebrate Halloween with great pleasure. They adorn their yards and homes for the festival.

The Halloween celebrations comprise wearing costumes, bonfires, visiting ghostly attractions, trick-or-treating, figuring jack-o'-lanterns, looking horror movies, costume parties, and reading frightening stories.

Halloween History

Halloween has roots in ancient Celtic festival which is known as Samhain. The Samhain is a festival which is celebrated at the end of harvest season in the Gaelic culture, sometimes it is celebrated as "Celtic New Year". By tradition, the festival was an occasion used through ancient Celtic pagans to acquire hoard of supplies and butcher livestock for winter provisions. The ancient Celts supposed that on 31st October, currently known as Halloween, and the border between the deceased and the living dissolved, and the deceased become risky for the living through causing troubles such as disease or damaged crops. And the festivals would often occupy bonfires, into which the bones of slaughtered stocks were thrown. Masks and costumes being worn out at Halloween returns to Celtic customs of trying to fake the evil spirits or pacify them, in Scotland for example where the dead were imitated through young men with masked, blackened or veiled faces, dressed in white.

Origin of Name

The word Halloween is obtained from All Hallows’ Even as it is eve of "All Hallows’ Day", which is even known as All Saints’ Day. And it was the day of pious festivities in diverse northern European pagan customs, until Popes Gregory III and Gregory IV moved the old Christian feast of All Saints’ Day from 13th May to 1st November. In 9th century, the Church calculated the day as starting at sunset, in reference to the Florentine calendar. Though All Saints’ Day is considered to arise one day after Halloween, the two holidays were, commemorated on the similar day.

Origins of Holiday

On 31st October, they commemorated Samhain which was considered a grand festival to tribute the Lord of Dead. And the day was very particular because they alleged the spirits of dead were capable to stir this planet on that night and might walk around liberally until dawn. Even they don’t invite ghost to come to the party. They wear invitations costume for Halloween parties so that the evil spirits couldn’t discover them.

Trick-or-treating and guising

Halloween Costumes

Halloween costumes are customarily those of monsters such as devils, skeletons, witches, and ghosts. Costumes are based on themes other than customary horror, such as those of characters from movies, television shows, and other pop culture symbols.

Halloween Costume sales

BIG research conducted a review for National Retail Federation in United States and found that 53.3% of customers planned to acquire an outfit for Halloween 2005, spending $38.11 on an average (up $10 from the year before). And they were supposed to use $4.96 billion in 2006, up considerably from just $3.3 billion the preceding year.


"Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF" has become a frequent sight throughout Halloween in North America. Ongoing as a confined event in Philadelphia community in 1950 and prolonged countrywide in 1952, the program occupies the sharing of small boxes through schools (or in current times, communal sponsors like Hallmark, at their licensed stores) to trick-or-treaters, in which they can ask for small-change contributions from houses they visit. And it is probable that kids have gathered more than $119 million (US) for UNICEF since its beginning. And in the year of 2006, UNICEF stopped their Halloween compilation boxes in parts of the world, citing security and organizational concerns.

Around the Globe

As U.S. people have many causes to emit the invitations for Halloween party same as do other countries. And Romania is also a superior place to go on 31st October. Tourists   can go to the castle of Dracula and watch the leisure of witch trials during a tour to Transylvania. And the Trick or treating happens in additional parts of the world, too, comprised Denmark and the parts of South America. Visitors can visit Mexico for Halloween to see the conventional day of Dead festivities. Recently, all over the world Halloween celebrations are counted a big celebration of this year.