The history behind Halloween is one that began long before the commercialization that we know today. All Hollow’s Eve has a blend of pagan tradition and Christian beliefs meshed into a holiday that was originally created to celebrate the dead. During the 8th Century the Catholic Church created the All Souls Day to recognize the Christian Martyrs who died in Rome and then later extended the celebration to honor the Saints who died for the faith. As the Catholic Church spread to far lands and pagan lands, the holiday took on a new form to incorporate the beliefs of the native lands to find a common ground. The All-hollow’s Eve was celebrated on November 1st and the night before was dubbed All-hollows Eve which is the day as we know it, Halloween. So as you go and put your costume on and ask the time old question, “Trick-or-Treat” remember this holiday was one to celebrate the dead not the living.


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