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The History of Halloween: Why Kids Love It?


For wide-eyed kids, Halloween night is all about scary tales of witches on broomsticks, ghouls, spooky costumes, and pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns. More than these, it’s Trick or Treat time. This refers to sinister practical jokes in exchange for delicacies and sweets that most children love.

Halloween or All Saints’ Eve to some people is a ghostly celebration observed every October 31st of the year. The Christian feast of All Saints’ Day comes after this on November 1st


Brief History

Halloween is a short form for All Hallows’ Evening. It is observed widely by many Christian countries. It marks the start of the three-day Liturgical (Worship) Year dedicated for remembering departed loved ones, martyrs, and saints. 

A lot of Halloween rituals or practices supposedly came from the olden Celtic harvest festivities specifically the Samhain Gaelic festival that marked the conclusion of harvest season and start of winter (October 31 to November 1). 


Activities

Halloween activities are fun and consist of the following:

  • Trick or Treating
  • Carving pumpkin or large orange fruits into jack-o-lanterns in which holes are craved to represent the eyes and other facial features
  • Lighting bonfires
  • Playing divination games such as Tree of Life Pentacle Witch Board and Candle Flame Grazing
  • Playing pranks or creepy jokes
  • Apple-bobbing
  • Telling frightening stories
  • Watching horror movies

Meanwhile, religious services of Christians consist of going to church services and visiting the graves of dead relatives to pray as well as light candles. Others eat vegetarian foods like apples and potato pancakes.


Halloween for Youngsters

Young boys and girls love Halloween because of the Tricking and Treating. Kids wear eerie costumes and go from one house to the other seeking treats uttering the phrase, Trick or Treat. The treats normally come in the form of candies and goodies. Trick means performing an act of naughtiness on the owner of the home if no treat is given to the children. Some families leave the treats on their verandas for the youngsters to get freely. Others even hang decors outside their front doors.

Halloween fosters harmony among the kids and elders. It is a way of promoting socialization in neighborhoods or communities. The pursuit encourages giving among neighbors as well. Once the little ghosts and goblins go to elderly folks and exclaim “Trick or Treat”, they carry with them energy which brings joy to these adults. 

Costumes don’t have to be expensive. Resourceful parents can make these outfits from old clothes, blankets, trash bags, and even old newspapers. The idea is make them look terrifying but funny. Your child can be a witch, phantom, super hero, zombie, or Count Dracula. There are numerous ideas that you can play with. 

Halloween motivates and excites children. It is a much-awaited celebration. Halloween nights make them more innovative. There are no limits as to what characters they want to play. There’s no need for a complicated plan or celebration. Everything is natural and comes once the young boys and girls start tricking or treating. 

Erkut N.