Halloween is here, but…do you know about its origins? It’s not just about dressing up in costumes and asking for candy!
Contrary to popular belief it is not an American holiday but rather an European one. Halloween dates back almost 2,000 years when it marked the Celtic New Year. The Celts believed that the souls of the dead visited Earth on the last day of October. They had a festival in honour of these souls of the dead, and they called it Samhain. On this day people would also leave food on the outskirts of their town, hoping the spirits would eat it and not raid their village.
So.. why do people dress up as scary creatures? Back in the day people believed that if they appeared scary, they would scare away the spirits of the dead that were roaming Earth that day. Or at least go unnoticed.