Halloween II

(Collector's Edition) (1981) Jamie Lee Curtis

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Halloween

(Two-Disc Special Edition) (2007) Malcolm McDowell

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DreamWorks Halloween

Double Pack (Scared Shrekless / Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space)

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History of Halloween

The Haunted History of Halloween (History Channel) (A&E DVD Archives) (2005)

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Return to Halloweentown

(Ultimate Secret Edition) (2006) Sara Paxton

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The Day After Halloween

(Katarina's Nightmare Theater) Sigrid Thornton

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SpongeBob SquarePants

Halloween (1999) Tom Kenny

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Halloween III

Season of the Witch (1982) Tom Atkins

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Playhouse Disney Halloween

(Just Say Boo/A Spookie Ookie Halloween) (1998) Cole Caplan

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Halloween

25 Years of Terror (2006) John Ottman

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How did the celebration of Halloween even start?

Why do people do it? And how did it turn out to be on Oct. 31? I’m interested in the history of it…

3 Responses to How did the celebration of Halloween even start?

  • greenshootuk says:

    Start with the meaning. Hallowe’en is short for All Hallows Eve (or Evening). Hallow meant Holy or Saint – it is the Eve of All Saints Day. All Saints Day is an ancient Christian festival;; it’s over 1000 years old. It was started by the Pope in Rome who wanted a day to celebrate the many saints who did not have a special day of their won. The date, November 1st, may have started as the anniversary of the consecrating of a chapel.

    This feast became very popular because it allowed people to celebrate their local saints. The church added All Souls day of November 2nd as a day to pray for everyone who had dies. The two days together are sometimes called the "Days of the Dead".

    Celebrations of all feasts traditionally started the night before with a vigil – staying up all night. So fires were lit to keep people warm and people held processions. Before long, the night became a bit of a party.

    When the reformation came along, some protestant groups, Puritans, decided this was all much too much like fun. They banned All the old feasts – like All Saints and All Souls. Anyone who tried to carry on celebrating was condemned as a devil worshipper or a pagan or a witch. That didn’t put too many people off but changed it from being a recognisably Christian celebration into a sort of anti-establishment party – which is what you have in the USA today.

    Outside the USA, and UK to some extent, people still celebrate All Saints and All Souls – like in Latin America and much of Europe, especially in Catholic countries. Hallowe’en in the US sense was, until recently through TV and movies, unknown.

  • Poppy says:

    It goes back several thousand years to a "fall festival", also the Pagan holiday of "Samhain", celebrated the changing of the seasons and bringing in the crops, The Christians added to it remembering the dead All Hollows Eve. This is just the basics, do a Google search and learn some more.

  • ????CupcakeGirl???? says:

    There are many different stories of this. To find the real truth, deep search it up. But what I heard is this:

    Africans felt like they were in danger by the spirits. So they made scary, creepy masks to put on their faces. They also made costumes to look like spirits. Then, they do ceremonies to ward off the spirits every year on October 31.

    I don’t know why it’s on October 31 though.

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