The origins of Halloween

halloweenWhen we think of Halloween today, we may envision fun, colorful costumes, sacks filled to overflowing with delicious treats, and jack-o-lanterns grinning from the porch steps. But, Halloween has a somewhat darker past…

Halloween is thought to have originated with the ancient, pagan Celtic festival of Samhain. This was a time when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In fact, Samhain was believed to be a time when fairies and spirits or could more easily pass into our world!

As a result of Christian efforts to eliminate pagan holidays such as Samhain, the Catholic …