Call upon the past and celebrate this night, as the veil thins between the living and the dead. Happy Samhain.
Yes, I’m a big #spooktober energy person in general, but I get really excited about Halloween. When I was younger, it was always about making the best costume and getting the most candy! Then, as I got older, it was still about making the best costume for those Halloween house parties, but it was also about getting to see the younger generations experience Halloween, just like how I did when I was their age!
That’s the beauty of a tradition! You get to watch as it’s passed down from generation to generation. But when you think about Halloween, do you really know where it originated from? How the traditions began, and why?!
Maybe I’m just nerdy (not a maybe, I am) but I wanted to learn more about where Halloween came from and how it all began. So for the last entry in my #spooktober journal, I want to send off this month with a cute little history lesson about Halloween and why I like to believe we celebrate it still to this day.
Halloween actually originated with the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The following day, November 1st, was declared All Saints Day by Pope George III and incorporated traditions from Samhain. The evening prior was called All Hallows Eve which later evolved into what we call it today: Halloween.
Many of the traditions celebrated during Samhain have carried down into traditions we do during Halloween today, such as pumpkin carving, dressing in costume and even trick-or-treating.
During Samhain, it was a time for Celtic priests to better connect to the spiritual world, in order to gain answers and predictions about the future. However, it was also a time for the spirits of the recently departed to return and cause chaos for the evening, by playing tricks on them and their crops. So I believe in order to distract or disway mischief, they would build bonfires and burn sacrifices, like crops or animals, and even dress in costume.
Of course, if you’re interested in learning more about Samhain and the history of Halloween, I’ve attached a short video below from the Buzzfeed Unsolved Network.
Why do we celebrate Halloween?
According to Celtic folklore, you are spiritually closer to those that have recently passed (maybe near to a dear loved one?) on the eve of Samhain. And poetic enough, it’s also a day that we celebrate and say goodbye to the end of the warm, summer months and brace for the cold, dark winter ones.
It’s a tradition that has been passed down from generations before us. Though not quite the same as the original Celtic festival of Samhain, we do still incorporate some of the original traditions within our present day celebrations of Halloween.
My dear spirit sister Kathleen and I recently recorded a Q&A on Instagram live last Tuesday and talked thoroughly about why we enjoy and celebrate Halloween. So if you’re curious, head over to my IGTV feed (and why not follow me on Instagram, too.)
I love Halloween for both the beautiful Pagan heritage and for how it has evolved into a celebration of all things spooky and spiritual. It’s an occasion to carve pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns for our front steps, to dress in costume and for kids to go trick-or-treating for delicious candy. Also, a perfect evening for a scary movie or ghost stories around a campfire. So with that, I will wish you all a Happy Samhain, Happy Halloween and a spooktacular evening!
Creep it real everyone, and remember to STAY SAFE this Halloween any way that you celebrate!
If you took the time to read this blog post, my heart is full. Are you big into Halloween? If so, did you know about its origin? Also, are you planning to celebrate Halloween this year?! Let’s continue in the comments below (perhaps with a nice cup of coffee, heh.)
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