Halloween is a celebration observed in many countries on 31 October, the eve of the Christian feast of All Hallows’ day.
It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from ancient Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain; that such festivals may have had pagan roots; and that Samhain itself was Christianized as Halloween by the early Church.
Some believe, however, that Halloween began solely as a Christian holiday, separate from ancient festivals like Samhain.
In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration.
In the UK and many western countries, Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories, as well as watching horror films.
Notably in the UK, the tradition of decorating houses and gardens is becoming more popular, a tradition that appears to have been imported from the United States. Often now children dress up in fancy dress and move from house to house collecting sweets from houses decorated or having a carved pumpkin in the window.
It is likely though that this year, the celebrations will be more muted, due to the ongoing Pandemic, however, that does not mean houses will not decorate, but socially distanced activities may occur with less trick or treating.
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