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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What is the history behind Halloween and how it got started?

I hate Halloween and I have heard the history behind the holiday is horrible! What is the history? Thanks!

3 Responses to What is the history behind Halloween and how it got started?

  • Gary C says:

    The most important thing to know is that the vast majority of stories you hear about how Halloween began are false.

    It apparently began with some old Celtic traditions that were practiced in Ireland and Wales since ancient times. Certain spirits, many of them malevolent, were supposed to be out and about on certain nights, and various practices developed to either appease the spirits or ward them off. Among these were setting out lights to help lost souls find their way home (perhaps the prototype for jack-o-lanterns) and leaving out food as offerings for hungry souls of the dead (perhaps the forerunner of Trick-or-Treat). Wearing costumes is probably more closely related to old European Carnival (Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Fasching, etc.) celebrations than to Halloween itself. Halloween is the eve of All Saints Day in the Roman Catholic and Protestant calendars, and is also about halfway between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice, which has a significance in some nature-based religions. It was also claimed that witches held a "Witches’ Sabbath" on October 31, in which they consorted with the Devil and various demons.

    But the majority of things people do to celebrate Halloween now were first done much later than any of the above traditions developed, so they have a really varied history.

  • Rich says:

    Halloween is based on "All Hollows Eve" or "Day of the Dead"it is a representation of old traditional belief that on this day relatives and friends could rise up and try to find there way home .People used to place jack-o-lanterns at crossroads to confuse these spirits and wear masks to scare them off.It is also a celebration of the Fall Solstice

  • kayanbean24 says:

    check this websight out it may be helpful. It started of as all hallows eve a day to remember the dead saints and has yet turned into what it is today

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