Okay, so to us, Halloween is a time to get free candy and stay out late. But what was it to the originators?
The Celts and the early Christians had a big part in Halloween.
The Celtic people celebrated October 31st as the new year. From the 31st to November 2nd, a holiday was celebrated marking the end of summer and the beginning of winter. Also, on October 31st, it was said that ancestors who had passed away in the last year came back to meet with their ancestors for the very last time. The people would wear masks and costumes to trick the spirits into avoiding them, hence the costumes and masks we see today.
And what about the Christians? What did they have in all of this? Well, the Christians celebrated a holiday on October 31st called All Hallow's Even, yes, Even, not Eve. All Hallow's Even, when translated, means "All Saints Day". This was celebrated in honor of late priests and religious leaders. Later, the name was translated into Halloween, hence the name we all call it today.
There is much, much more in the history of Halloween, but if I talked about all of it, you would be reading for a long, long time.
But now, what do you do when you are Trick-or-Treating? Here are some safety tips to keep you, well, alive tonight.
>Wear something that glows or shines if you are out after sunset, like a reflective band, a glow stick, or a flashlight.
>Stay on the sidewalk. Wandering into the street could lead to some...creepy...results.
>Make sure your costume does not reach the ground. This could result in tripping and injuries.
>Make sure if you have a mask you can see out of it. You don't want to be running into any poles, eh?
>Use your common sense. Everyone has it.
Also keep in mind that not everyone celebrates halloween, so when you come across a house that does not have lights on, don't go up to it. Just the words, "Trick Or Treat" could have an effect on them.
I hope that now you won't consider a time to get candy. Happy Halloween!