Celebrations have begun in most parts of Europe and North America a day before the beginning of Halloween on October 31.
Like every year, Halloween, a non-religious celebration marks the day before the Western Christian feast of All Saints, or All Hallows, and initiates the season of Allhallowtide.
All Hallows’ Eve was being celebrated on October 31 by the ninth century. But, later it transformed into Halloween throughout the Western Christendom.
During the 19th century Halloween became popular in the United States after European immigrants brought the festival customs with them. By the 20th century, Halloween became one of the major holidays in the United States. Pranks, parties, costumes and trick-or-treating mark the celebration for Halloween.
Associated with evil spirits and the supernatural, the festival is celebrated by children in costume who gather candy by ringing doorbells and calling out “trick or treat.
“Trick” referring to the pranks and vandalism that are also part of the tradition.
Halloween seems to have developed mostly from Christian feasts of the dead during the Middle Ages, including All Saints’ Day on November 1 and All Souls’ Day on November 2.