Origin Of Some Halloween Customs And Symbols
Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Zombies: Creatures that have long been associated with the evil spirit world.
Candy: The ancient Celts wanted to appease wicket spirits with sweet treats. Ancient Central American traditions also included using sweet treats to bribe evil spirits to leave the living in peace. The church later encouraged celebrants to go from house to house on All Hallows’ Eve, asking for food in return for a prayer for the dead. This custom eventually became Halloween’s trick or treat.
Costumes: The ancient Celts wore frightening masks to trick evil spirits into thinking that they themselves were evil spirits as well. The church gradually amalgamated pagan customs with the feasts of All Souls and All Saints. Later, celebrants went from house to house wearing costumes of saints, angels, and devils.
Pumpkins: Carved, candlelit turnips were displayed to repel evil spirits. The candle in the turnip represented a soul trapped in purgatory. This activity was later more commonly used during the Halloween season.