Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in America. The origins of Halloween go back thousands
of years to the Celtic people of Ireland and Britain. The ancient Celts had a different calendar than the one we use today, and on the Celtic calendar the new year started on November 1st. The night before was called Samhain (pronounced "sah-win") - which was a celebration of the end of the harvest season.
It was believed by the Celts that on that night the spirits of the dead would be able to return to the world of living and play tricks and cause havoc on the living and on the crops. The Celts would carve gourds, which are small squashes, into scary faces and put lit candles in the gourds to ward off the evil spirits.
The festival would frequently include large bonfires. It is believed that the fires attracted insects, which in turn attracted many bats to the area. Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits and to protect the living.
Today, Halloween is a fun holiday full of magic and make-believe, and Seasons Gifts And Home has wonderful Halloween decorations to make your holiday spooktacular!
The majority of Americans celebrate Halloween by trick-or-treating or attending costume parties, giving out treats and watching scary movies. How will you be spending your Halloween?