Ancient origins of Halloween
One story about Jack, an Irishman, who was not allowed into Heaven because he was stingy with his money. So he was sent to hell. But down there he played tricks on the Devil (Satan), so he was kicked out of Hell and made to walk the earth forever carrying a lantern.
Well, Irish children made Jack’s lanterns on October 31st from a large potato or turnip， hollowed out with the sides having holes and lit by little candles inside. And Irish children would carry them as they went from house to house begging for food for the village Halloween festival that honored the Druid god Muck Olla. The Irish name for these lanterns was “Jack with the lantern” or “Jack of the lantern，” abbreviated as ” Jack’s lantern” and now spelled “jack-o-lantern.”
Way to celebrate Halloween
Today, most people no longer believe in ghosts and witches. But these supernatural beings are still a part of Halloween.
Dressing up in costumes is one of the most popular Halloween customs, especially among children. According to tradition, people would dress up in costumes (wear special clothing, masks or disguises) to frighten the spirits away.
Trick or Treating is a modern Halloween custom where children go from house to house dressed in costume, asking for treats like candy or toys. If they don’t get any treats, they might play a trick (mischief or prank) on the owners of the house.
You never know what might happen on Halloween Wait until dark for some spooky surprises The creatures of the night are waiting To my dear pal, have a howling Halloween!
It wasn’t until Irish immigrants brought the custom of carving jack-o’-lanterns to North America that the more commonly available (and easier to carve) pumpkin came to be used for that purpose, and not until the mid-to-late 19th century that pumpkin carving was an established Halloween tradition. This tidy instructional narrative comes from a turn-of-the-century schoolbook, Victoire and Perdue’s The New Century First Reader:
Will and Fred went to the barn.
They got a pumpkin.
The pumpkin was large.
The pumpkin was yellow.
The boys cut the top off.
They cut the seeds out.
They cut four holes in the pumpkin.
They put a candle in the pumpkin.
The light shone out.
The boys said, “See our Jack-o’-Lantern.”