A festive holiday like Halloween is going to be exceptionally different this year, no one will be knocking on doors and many parents will just buy the sweets and give them to their own children.

But how has such a strange holiday like Halloween become so big and celebratory when the whole idea of kids knocking on strangers doors and asking for sweets is so strange?

Halloween actually originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

The costumes the Celts wore were made of animal heads and skins and they then sacrificed their crops and animals to the Celtic gods.

The word Samhain is Celtic and scholars think it means “summer’s end,” as it marks the beginning of winter at the end of the harvest season. Samhain was celebrated around November 1 when, it was believed, the dead could cross over to the land of the living for one night.

The origins of Halloween is based on the fear of the spirits terrorizing the Celts and the only way they could please them would be making sacrifices, but why has this ‘myth’ stuck with the world, perhaps the reality of ghosts are actually real. Why else would we be celebrating this holiday.

Have a happy Halloween....