All Hallows’ Eve, popularly known as Halloween is celebrated on the night of October 31st. It is a unique and captivating holiday that combines elements of spooky superstition, playful costume parties, and the sweetness of candy.
Halloween or Hallowe’en (“Saints’ evening”) is of Christian origin; a term equivalent to “All Hallows Eve” is attested in Old English. It is a day that is celebrated on the eve of the Feast of All Saints (a day dedicated to the remembrance of the dead including saints and martyrs and also the faithful departed.
Since the time of the early Church, major feasts in Christianity had vigils that began the night before, as did the feast of All Hallows’. The eve of the feast of all Saints, the feast of all saints and feast of all Souls are altogether known as the Allhallowtide.
On All Hallows’ Eve, Christians in some parts of the world visit cemeteries to pray and place flowers and candles on the graves of their loved ones.The custom of baking and sharing soul cakes for all christened souls, has been suggested as the origin of trick-or-treating; and this dates back as far as 15th century.
One of the most recognizable aspects of Halloween is dressing up in costumes, a tradition that originated from the belief that on this night, the boundaries between the living and the dead were blurred, and costumes would protect people from malevolent spirits.
Today, children and adults alike don a wide array of costumes, from ghosts and witches to superheroes and pop culture icons.Halloween is not just about thrills and chills; it’s also a time for community gatherings and fun.
It fosters creativity, encourages neighborly interactions, and gives people of all ages an opportunity to embrace their playful side.