Where did Halloween come from?
The roots of Halloween stretch all the way back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. 2,000 years ago, the Celts celebrated the turning of the year on the 1st of November. So what is now Halloween to us, was New Year’s Eve to them. They would dress up, light bonfires and party the night away.
Then, in the eighth century, Pope Gregory III decided that November 1st would be a day to celebrate saints. After a while, All Saints Days started to take on some parts of the Samhain celebrations and the 31st of October became All Hallows Eve, which later turned into the Halloween we know now.