Hapy Halloween! In searching for the specifics of the origin on this favorite holiday, I stumbled across this definition. "Halloween (or Hallowe'en) is an annual holiday observed on October 31, which commonly includes activities such as trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns,bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films." Now doesn't that say it all?
In fact, this holiday is believed to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Sanheim, which translates to, summer's end. It was believed that this was the day where the world between live and death was closest. So people would light bonfires and dress in costumes to ward off roaming ghosts .
I remember learning in school that it was Pope Gregory III that designated November 1st as All Saints Day to honor all saints and martyrs. October 31st, the night before was known as All Hallow's Eve.
Over time, the name evolved into Halloween and became associated with a day to dress in costume, attend parties, or play pranks on those that did provide a treat when asked. It is not a surprise that this is a popular holiday. I read an article that stated Americans spend, $6.9 billion dollars on this holiday. Now that's a statement!