Do you know the origins of Halloween and how do you celebrate it?

Do you know the origins of Halloween and how do you celebrate it?
It was the first time for me when I was on holiday in the US spending time with my niece after my package holiday. My niece was busy carving a pumpkin giving it a ghoulish look. She scooped out the flesh and promised she will use it to make some dessert out of it. It was then lit by placing a candle inside and she called it jack - o - lantern

Her children were all dressed up in funny costumes and wearing a mask they went from door to door uttering the words "Trick or Treat" They returned with loads of candy with stories of what they heard that in some areas candy was poisoned. They were spared as we finished the candy in no time (including me) and nothing happened to us.

The next morning I saw heaps of pumpkins strewn on road sides with no takers. I was told they would be dumped. There were also 'ghost' decorations hanging on trees and porches not something that I would be eager to see. All what I saw on the road gave me the 'morning after the night before' feeling. There must have been hectic activity the whole night through although my niece's kids were back home by 7. I was told bonfires played a huge role too.

As is the case with any feast where substance vanishes and form remains – almost giving it a commercial touch, Halloween is no exception. Billions of dollars are amassed selling candy and other paraphernalia related to Halloween.

Those of you who are in the thick of Halloween what do you know of this feast and where did it all begin?

Comments

Denis_P
Despite having celebrated it for the past 25 years, I'm actually not all that familiar with the origins of Halloween. I mean every year I read facts here and there, since websites constantly recycle old articles for each season/holiday, but I've never really sat down and registered the history and origins of Halloween. I know it has its roots in some sort of Pagan tradition, but besides that I'm not at all that familiar with the details. I just know that I enjoy the modern traditions of watching spooky films and feasting on terribly sweet candy.
Posted by Denis_P on 10-13-2017
jaysolano12
I don't usually familiar with the foreign customs. The only thing understand is that, they usually give importance with the simple scary thing. Though we have a modern tradition that is making new form of Halloween seasons, I think we should really know behind the true story of it, or maybe there is no fix history of Halloween, because as time goes by, it always changes everything far beyond of everybody's imaginations. So, people always adapt new things to make sure they are always happy on it through celebrating like Halloweens.

Even so, I always appreciate their creativity of Halloween season of every western countries. The only thing is different is traditions always makes people more enjoy, and it makes every family to enjoy together. Apparently, children do enjoy a lot when they collect candies.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 10-13-2017
jaysolano12
In our place, we have history always pass down generation to generation. We have a myth about the mystic monster that eat babies, or even a witch could turn into various animals. It's so scary when old people deliver their stories to their children, because they tend to convince anyone that it's true. I love to hear it from people who have real time experiences about it, because I do believed to the ghost, and we are not alone in this world. So, people here celebrate it, as to remember the simple traditions of the dead. We don't usually celebrate the Halloween instead remembering the dead.

I don't usually celebrate the celebration of Halloween, because it is not a common belief to celebrate here. Though people still consider this one, as to make a party, or alternative to have a happy day off.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 10-13-2017
Sue
I have always celebrated Halloween but I really don't know how it all began and why it all started. I am sure through the school years we must have learned these things because we always had Halloween parties in our classrooms and we were allowed to trick or treat and go from classroom to classroom to get tricks. It was always so much fun and something that we looked forward to each year. I must read up on it on google and see where it all started and how it came about. It is one of my favorite holidays. It is so much fun and even when you are grown up you can still enjoy it. It is not just for the little ones to enjoy.
Posted by Sue on 10-13-2017
Pixie
I came to know about the origins of Halloween only after reading a thread about it on the Superiorthan some days back. It is linked with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. I started celebrating Halloween when we moved to a new town and I was about 10 years old at that time. It was not really fun living in that previous town being surrounded by obnoxious neighbors. I celebrate Halloween only for fun. Similarly like the Valentines Day I believe that Halloween is just another commercial festival. It is just a way for sellers to pull money out of people's pocket.
Posted by Pixie on 10-13-2017
jayken
I dont really know how halloween start or where dies it come from. But we usually velebrate halloween by visiting our loveones in the cemetery. We cook some foods and we do picnic in the cemetery. But before that we pray for our deceased love one. And then in the night we give candies to those children who came to our house for a trick or treat.
Posted by jayken on 10-13-2017
Marvadaum
We have a special date for that. It's on November 2th and it's called "Deceased day" A day to visit your relatives that have passed away, honor them by bringing flowers and candles to their resting places and also to reflect on the lesson that you learned on your time together
Posted by Marvadaum on 10-13-2017
moneybags82
Halloween is pretty big over here in the UK. We dress our children up and take them door to door and get them some candy often some give them money. Sometimes as well over here we have Halloween parties and celebrate it with games and give candy to those who knock and say trick or treat.
Posted by moneybags82 on 10-13-2017
Mehano
I don't really know the origin of the Halloween because in my country we have only started to celebrate it in the last 10-15 years. Before we never did but it came over from America now everybody loves it. We all dress up and go trick or treating and to a Halloween gathering/party afterward. It's quite because it gives you an opportunity to dress up as somebody else and forget about your everyday life.
Posted by Mehano on 10-13-2017
tophew
I think here in my country the first Halloween origin it was during the time of the dead the all souls day and some say that there is a spirit who roams around that's why day make a Halloween event for scary event and some kids party to enjoy the Holiday season. but some say's that it is just for fun and at the same time a business opportunity for others.
Posted by tophew on 10-13-2017
lovely
We don't celebrate Halloween in my country,so I don't even care to know the origin but few vacation in the US with my aunt have made me partake in the celebration,which is always fun for me though initially it was scary for me with the whole scary and creepy looking costumes,haunted houses,spooky decorations,Halloween weird parties and all that. I think it just for the fond of it and nothing more.
Posted by lovely on 10-13-2017
rage35
I am not actually aware how Halloween has started unless I search for it. When it comes to celebration, sometimes I organize a mini Halloween party at home together with my family and relatives and cook foods suitable for the event. We also dress suitable for the occasion.
Posted by rage35 on 10-13-2017
Tania997
We do the same thing in my country. Halloween is not really a part of our country's tradition, so we will have a party or decorate the house with a lot of Halloween themed things. I didn't know about the origin of this holiday, but I've always loved it because it can be funny and scary at the same time.
Posted by Tania997 on 10-13-2017
wiseagent
Yes, I know the origin of Halloween... But, as for the celebration of the party, here in my country it's not widely known / celebrated because it's something that is related to a culture far from ours. However, there are still isolated celebrations (with costume parties according to Halloween theme) in some regions / states of the country.
Posted by wiseagent on 10-13-2017
kingcool52
I actually have no idea what the origins of Halloween are, to be honest, and I doubt anyone I know will know either. I think it's just one of those holidays that people just like to celebrate because it has become a bit of a tradition but don't really know why they are celebrating it or how the holiday originated. We tend to just go to a party or have one ourselves for Halloween. Having a few friends over is great and we can enjoy ourselves with a few drinks as well.
Posted by kingcool52 on 10-13-2017
muaaz.93
Most people have no idea the purpose of dressing up. Or for the holiday at all.All Hallows' Eve is Halloween and that is fairly widespread in the U.S. but as a children's holiday when candy is given out. The candy has nothing to do with lost souls seeking redemption.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 10-13-2017
cmoneyspinner
Yes I've read about the origins and the superstitions, etc. But I disregard all that and just have fun! It doesn't matter what the purpose of dressing up in costumes and bobbing apples and donating to UNICEF, all the day means to me is fun time.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 10-13-2017
Heatman
I can't really say that I am aware of the the origin of Halloween or that I care to know about, the only thing that interests me is particularly participating in it's celebration. I personally call it the freak show celebration because it's time that everyone tends to be a character he or she craved so much to be in real life.
Posted by Heatman on 10-13-2017
amitkokiladitya
We don't celebrate Halloween in our country. From everything that I know I can figure out that it is their means of celebrating and remembering the dead. It is one of the most important celebrations for the people of US. Most of the citizens participate in the processions. They love to work on their costumes, makeup ,decoration and food. It is a tradition that they have been following for years . Everyone appears excited, ranging from adults to kids.
Posted by amitkokiladitya on 10-14-2017
overcast
Halloween has different origin from around the world. Some people celebrate the day of dead in their own culture. And they remember their ancestor. In case of the Halloween that has the pagan origin. And then later it was adapted by the Christians. And things were celebrated properly. You can see that Halloween is indeed a good option in that case. That's what I have learned along so far.
Posted by overcast on 10-14-2017
Corzhens
To be honest about it, we really don't have Halloween here although we have a counterpart that is celebrated on the night of November 1. However, in the last 2 decades, it is noticeable that Halloween is being celebrated in posh villages where children are lining up in every gates for the treats. Some years back, we also joined the fun by preparing something for the neighborhood kids and probably this year the kids here are already excited for they always receive nice treats from us. And the origin of Halloween? Search me. I am ignorant of that.
Posted by Corzhens on 10-14-2017
vinaya
Halloween seems to be a non-Christain festival, however, it is interesting to note that now the festival is properly besotted with Christian tradition. Most of the festivals only have commercial value. festivals are the time when businesses make money and general people lose money. During the Halloween, a lot of pumpkins will be wasted, I don't like when food is wasted.
Posted by vinaya on 10-14-2017
Pink_Turtle
Halloween is not celebrated in my country therefore I don't celebrate it either. Sometimes if you go to a night club or something like that you would see some people wearing customes and they even decorate a little bit the place but it is just commercial. In my country some people say celebrating halloween means you are involve in some sort of satanism, not catholics or christians like to celebrate because of that.
Posted by Pink_Turtle on 10-15-2017
ColdFlameChris
I have no idea as to where the Halloween's origin or when it started. We do celebrate it without knowing the origins of it. We all know why we celebrate Christmas and some other Holidays but not Halloween. Could someone explain to us where the Halloween originates and why? Thanks in advance. :)
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 10-23-2017
Authord
I really don;t celebrate Halloween, we don;t celebrate it here in my home, and the festival seems to be alien in my country, not so many people celebrate them here, my family are too religious and since the festival is termed as the devils festival, you won't dare to celebrate them. And I don't really know the origin and I don't care to know.
Posted by Authord on 10-25-2017
Scarlet
Many people don't know the origin of celebrating Halloween that is why they are celebrating it. For me I don't celebrate halloween because it has a pagan origin that is worshiping the dark side.
Posted by Scarlet on 12-20-2017