Reflecting back in time ~ The Celts lived 2,000 years ago in the areas that are now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France. The origins of Halloween date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Halloween marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. The Celts believed that the change of seasons was a bridge between the world of the living and the dead.
To commemorate the event, and ward off the ghosts, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic gods. During the celebration, they wore costumes, typically comprised of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes.
From this potted history we can see where today’s celebrations consisting of costumes, scary tales, and trick or treats originated.
For me- as a youngster- Halloween wasn’t as popular a celebration for children as it seems to have become. My Uncle used to tell a few spooky tales but that was about as exciting as it got for my brother and me. Mum would never have allowed us to go out knocking on neighbours and relative strangers doors asking for for sweets. She would have seen that as begging…