November 1st is All Saints’ Day, a famous and historic Christian feast day. Another name for All Saints’ Day is All Hallows’ Day, as “hallow” is an old word for “saint“. The evening before, the evening of 31st, is All Hallows’s Eve, or Hallowe’en. The custom of dressing up as witches or ghosts on that evening dates back to much older times, before Christianity.
What is Halloween?
People used to dress up on Halloween because in the old days winter was a scary time. They didn’t always have enough food and many people were afraid of the dark. They all believed that ghosts came back to earth on October 31st. So they were really scared of meeting a ghost if they went out.
To solve this problem people wore masks when they left their homes, so that the ghosts didn’t think they were one of them. People also placed a bowl of food outside their homes to please the ghosts and in the hope that they wouldn’t go into their homes.
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