By Eden Kennedy, Tribune Staff Writer
Are you ready to travel back in time to the year 700 B.C., when Halloween all got started???
Halloween originated from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain in Ireland, where people would light bonfires and dress up to ward off ghosts. The Celts were thought to wear animal skins and masks, so the ghosts would think they were spirits, too. That older tradition has not died yet, it has just been “modernized.” People around the world still have Halloween bonfires, but now they are roasting marshmallows and apples. Halloween has changed over the years because people wanted to find new ways to honor those who have passed. Halloween hasn’t stopped growing yet, the tradition is still different in many places. Mexico, Latin America, and Spain have All Souls Day, a three day celebration, starting on the 31st of October and ending on November 2nd.
The world is never going to stop finding new ways to grow. Maybe 1,000 years from now, on Halloween people will dress up as candy, and people will give them vegetables. Who knows?! What we do know is that we owe a big thank you to the Celtic holiday and the people of Ireland, and to all those people along the way who had great ideas! Ideas that changed our world!