While most people celebrate Halloween by dressing up – did you know that many people believe Halloween began as a Christian holiday. Halloween’s origins come from a Celtic festival for the dead called “Samhain.” Celts believed the ghosts of the dead roamed Earth on this holiday, so people would dress in costumes and leave “treats” out on their front doors to appease the roaming spirits.
When is Halloween?
Celebrated every year on October 31st
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How is Halloween celebrated?
- Go trick-or-treating with friends around your neighborhood
- Carve pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns
- Have a Halloween party where you go bobbing for apples, and play games
- Visit haunted attractions
- Tell scary stories, and watch horror films with friends and family
- Order a pizza and stay close to your front door so you can give trick or treaters candy
National Day Facts:
- In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of Halloween also referred to as All Hallows’ Eve, include attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular
- In early days trick-or-treaters used to have to dance for a treat (or coin)
- Jack-o’-lanterns were once made out of turnips, beets and potatoes
- Some animal shelters won’t allow the adoption of black cats around Halloween for fear they’ll be sacrificed.
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Celebrities who celebrate their birthday on October 31st:
- Vanilla Ice – Rapper
- Michael Landon – Actor (deceased)
- Rob Schneider – Actor
- Dan Rather – Famous Newscaster
- Michael Collins – Astronaut
What do you plan on doing for Halloween? Do you dress up for Halloween? What is your favorite costume?