It’s almost Halloween.
The decorations are up, the candy is ready.
- Be very afraid!
- Give me something good to eat
- Count me out
The origins of Halloween are uncertain. It is likely rooted in the Celtic festival of Samhaim, when bonfires and costumes were thought to ward off the dead. It may have been influenced by the Roman festivals of Feralia, commemorating the passing of the dead. It has ties to Catholicism’s All Martyrs Day, later All Saints Day or Hallowmas—wherein we get its name, All Hallows Eve.