Theme: Halloween Fun and Learn
Printables Package Activity Index
1. Lifecycle of a Pumpkin - Minibook creation
2. Sunligh Poke -a- Pumpkin Template
3. Emotions Pumpkin Patch
4. Pumpkin Maze
5. Pumpkin Mandala Art
6. Spelling Boo
7. Halloween Snapchat
Why is Halloween Celebrated?
***All Hallow's eve - Halloween***
At our home, we are gearing up for a fun Halloween night and Trick or Treat with the kids. We have the costumes ready and kids are excited. Pumpkins are everywhere. I will soon launch free printables, activities and more stories about different Halloween traditions which you can enjoy with your little ones.
As a part of the Halloween series, here is a summarized write-up about the origin of Halloween.
Hallow means a holy or a saint person. An "All Saints Day" is celebrated on November 1st and is known as Hallowmas. All Saint's Day is a day dedicated to those who have died and now live with God in heaven. It is believed that Christian practice of celebrating the evening before a holiday, such as Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, etc. came from the Jewish traditions. Judaism follows a lunar calendar in which the sunsets begin the new day. So the celebration for Saints day begins on October 31st evening as "All Hallows eve"(or All Saints eve) now popularly known as Halloween.
Halloween origin traces back from the ancient Celtics religions. The Brits, Irish, Scottish and Welsh are descendants of this ancient Celtics tribe. They believed that all spirits before leaving the earth got one chance to have a vengeance with their enemy on the Halloween night. People disguise themselves so the spirits cannot identify them and so cannot cast evil tricks. Also outside their house people left "soul cakes" as treats to make these spirits happy. This started the tradition of Trick or Treat and Halloween disguise. This was further extended as the popularity spread across the world and in some countries it was adapted as the Mischief night where people could play prank on the others. Over time the custom of adults dressing up as demons changed and the children took over. They would knock at each house and say “trick or treat”. People would then give the children apples or bread and now candy to keep from being tricked.
Note: There are small variations in different versions about Halloween origin - in my write-up I present only one view, so you may hear a few other stories as well!