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How Halloween became a modern holiday craze!

What does Halloween mean to you? For kids, it's a holiday to dress in costume and get lots of candy but how did Halloween become so popular?

For most kids, it's a holiday in which they dress in costume and get lots of candy, and perhaps visit a haunted house and hear some ghost stories. For parents, it's about costuming the kids and accompanying them on their trick-or-treating trips or handing out candy.

For adults without children, it may be an excuse to put on a scary costume and party all night.

Halloween is my favourite time of year! Is it yours?

Have you ever wondered where the idea for Halloween came from? Did someone decide that kids needed an excuse to go door to door asking for candy? Was there a petition to start a holiday to celebrate the scary and gruesome? Or is Halloween a throwback to a holiday from some obscure religion?

Actually, Halloween's roots go back several centuries. Although its meanings and customs have changed throughout the years, it still has some things in common with its early days. Keep reading to learn all about this spooky yet supremely enjoyable holiday.

How did the Halloween tradition start?

Some 2,000 years ago, there was no such thing as Halloween. But the Celts celebrated an annual festival known as Samhain. This holiday was believed to be celebrated on November 1st. But the Celts considered sunset the beginning of the day, so it technically began on the evening of October 31st.

Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from 31 October to November 1, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset.