Happy Halloween History
History of Halloween originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhai, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year when the spirits could easily come into our world.
In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs ; therefore, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day give the holiday on October 31 the full name of All Hallows’ Eve.
Over time, the history of Halloween has evolved. Activities of Halloween become community-based events including trick-or-treating, jack-o’-lanterns decoration, watching horror films and more.
Free Places to Trick-or-Treat With The Kids This Year
- San Diego:
- Old town San Diego cooperates with local merchants to host a unique trick-or treating experience on Oct. 31 for the family. Kids can enjoy holiday treats and activities while parents enjoy extended shopping hours within the park. For more information visit http://www.oldtownsandiegoguide.com/
- San Diego:
- Carmel Mountain Plaza hosts Trick-or-Treat events on Oct. 31 at 12174 Carmel Mountain Rd., San Diego, CA 92128. For more information visit http://www.carmelmountainplaza.com/events.html
- Track-or-Treat event takes place on Oct. 31 from 5 pm to 8 pm at South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. For more information visit http://www.encinitas101.com/2013/dema-events/halloween/halloween-tradition-safe-trick-or-treat-on-south-coast-hwy-101/
- Oceanside Library hosts Trick-or-Treat events in all Oceanside Public Library locations.on Oct. 31 from 3 pm to 5 pm. Please call at 760-435-5600 for more information.
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