All Hallow’s Eve
Friday October 19th 2007, 11:46 am
Filed under: News

Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, can be traced back to the ancient pagan Celtic harvest festival, Samhain, which honors the Lord of the Dead. The Celts believed the spirits of the dead walked among us and would dress as ghosts and goblins so that the spirits would not recognize them. Halloween is celebrated mainly in the British Isles and in the U.S., as Irish settlers brought their customs of bobbing for apples and lighting jack-o-lanterns to the U.S. in the 1840s. Halloween is also known as: Nutcrack Night, Bob Apple Night, Duck (or Dookie) Apple Night, Crab Apple Night, and Thump-the-Door Night. To find out more about this and other holidays, check out some of our books on Halloween.

Why are bats, black cats, and bonfires associated with Halloween? Find out on p. 252 of Holiday Symbols and Customs (POPCULT REF GT3930.T48 2003). Other source used: Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, POPCULT REF GT3925.T46 1997.