Halloween’s Historical Timeline

5th CENTURY B.C.E.

Celts observe the festival of Samhain at the end of October. They see this time as a time when ghosts and demons roam the Earth more so than at any other time of the year.

1st CENTURY C.E.

The Romans conquer the Celts. They begin to adopt the spiritistic rituals of Samhain.

7th CENTURY C.E.

Pope Boniface IV establishes the annual celebration of All Saints’ Day to honor martyrs.

11th CENTURY C.E.

November 2nd is designated as All Souls’ Day to commemorate the dead. Any observances surrounding All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are collectively called Hallowtide.

18th CENTURY C.E.

The day of the dead holiday is given a name. Hallowe’en (Hallow Evening) first appears in print as Halloween.

19th CENTURY C.E.

Thousands of immigrants from Ireland to the USA bring Halloween customs. Those customs were combined with similar customs with the emigrants of Britain and Germany.

20th CENTURY C.E.

Halloween becomes a popular holiday nationwide in the USA.

21st CENTURY C.E.

Commercial interest in Halloween grows into a worldwide multibillion-dollar industry.

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