Origins of the Halloween tradition

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Halloween is celebrated in many English-speaking countries on October 31.

You go around wearing costumes and knock on doors for candy.

The phrase ‘trick or treat’ is normally used.

This originally means if they were not treated then you would be tricked, in other words... pranked!

The reason why we celebrate it on October 31 is because that was the ‘day of the dead’.

It was when the wall between life and afterlife was at its weakest.

The souls of dead people came back to Earth.

It isn’t about them haunting you or anything; it was about remembering those who died.

It was supposed to be a happy day.

Many Lutheran churches also celebrate this day; it is called the Reformation.

It was the day Martin Luther put the 95 theses on a church door. People remember him on Halloween.

It has adapted quite a lot over the years.

Little children will go out and knock on doors of people they don’t know.

People get in trouble on this day for playing tricks on the elderly.

We used to dress up as witches, vampires and ghosts, but since we have adapted we now dress up as fairies, pandas, doctors and many more.

We get the pumpkins lanterns from and olden tradition as well; along with apple bobbing too!

Halloween isn’t the biggest event of the year and some people don’t even bother to open their doors on Halloween night.

Please just be careful, don’t upset the elderly and don’t play tricks or pranks on anyone.

My advice is to stick to ‘trick or treating’ on houses you actually do know.

It will be safer. Have a good time this month.