Halloween is coming up! And you know what time it is, trick or treat!
Halloween started around 2000 years ago, where the Celtic people would light bonfires and dress up to ward off ghosts. Then around the 9th Century, the influence of Christianity spread into the Celtic lands, and they tried to replace the day into where they would honour the deceased, which was something that was more related to Christianity, thus making it a church-sanctioned day for them. Then, they would dress up as saints, angles and devil, while the bonfire tradition is still on.
Borrowing from European traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition. Young women believed that on Halloween they could divine the name or appearance of their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings or mirrors. In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mould Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighbourly get-togethers than about ghosts, pranks and witchcraft. At the turn of the century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day. Parties focused on games, foods of the season and festive costumes. And slowly, over time, we now see this day as a little dress up nightmare before Christmas! And in the past, when people (especially children) went out trick or treating, they would ask for treats at other people's homes, and if they refused to treat, they would wreak havoc out side their house (but of course, it's pretty much illegal to do that now).
On Halloween, we can dress up as our favourite anime characters (coz we be weebs), and it can be Halloween themed (such as Kiki's Delivery Service, Soul Eater, Demon Slayer...etc.). Do send pictures of you in a cosplay, and we can share our thoughts about it!
But all in all, happy Halloween! And for those who don't celebrate Halloween like me, happy holidays and I wish you a merry Christmas!