Spooky Halloween Traditions and Their Origins


Halloween is one of the most popular and fun holidays in the USA, and it’s celebrated every year on October 31. But have you ever wondered why we carve pumpkins?

The Jack-o'-lantern, a pumpkin with a candle inside, has its origins in Irish folklore. A man named Jack, denied entry to heaven and hell, wandered with a turnip lantern. 

Carving Jack-o’-lanterns


This traditions at Halloween trace back to the Celtic festival of Samhain. To evade spirits on the blurred boundary between the living and dead, masks and costumes were worn. 

Dressing up in costumes


A beloved Halloween tradition, likely has roots in the medieval Christian practice of souling, where the poors get food or money in exchange for prayers for the dead souls. 

Going trick-or-treating


Telling scary stories at Halloween has Celtic origins. People shared tales of supernatural beings to entertain and ward off evil spirits during the ancient festival of Samhain.

Telling scary stories


Bobbing for apples, a classic Halloween game, has ancient Roman origins, merged with Celtic Samhain traditions, symbolizing harvest celebrations.

Bobbing for apples


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