ancient Celtics observed a holiday called Samhain, which was a day that
spirits were able to enter the living world. These early traditions
carried on for many years in various forms and extended to southern
Europe. When Christianity came about, the Church wanted to stop the pagan
rituals associated with the holiday. They named November 1st, All
Saints Day where a mass was to be performed and the night beforehand was
to be known as Allhallowmass, which eventually evolved into
Facts and History
Traditional Halloween.com (official):
History, traditions and other information about the holiday.
History of Halloween (HistoryChannel,com): In-depth information on the
origins and history of the Halloween celebration.
Halloween (TheHolidaySpot.com): Information, facts and links about
Halloween and its celebration.
(official): Extensive links and information for the celebration of
(official): Articles, information and links about celebrating the
(UNICEF): Information on celebrating Halloween all over the world. A
good site for kids
That Go Bump in the Night
Myths, Monsters & Devils (Illusions.com): A web site about the
creatures of Halloween - their origins and myths.
of Monsters (Gareth Long): Encyclopedic type entries of all monsters
imaginary and mythical.
(official): Huge website on Monsters - information, movies, facts,
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selection of Halloween Links
This is not traditionally a gift
exchanging holiday. However, if purchasing a gift, maintain the
Halloween theme. If you believe in scary things or not, have fun
A scary Little Gift: Give your
friends and family a little gift to say hi. Purchase some candy in
the shape of a ghost or spider and leave it where they can find it with a
little note or greeting card. You can find other creepy crawly type
gifts from our affiliates or our online warehouse below.
For the Kids: Well, you need to
outfit them in the newest costumes and keep up with the latest
trends. However, you can always bet on popular movies of the year
producing most of the more popular costumes. Sometimes these
costumes can become very costly - three ways to save money are to:
Purchase your costumes the week
after Halloween for the following year
Purchase from an online discount
Do it the old fashioned way and make
a costume at home.
Travel: If you want to do
something fun and historical, visit Salem, Massachusetts on or around this
holiday. I would also suggest taking a "ghost tour" through the
town on Halloween evening.