ItsukiartFeatured By OwnerOct 31, 2012Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it was harvest festival. Celts believed that line between natural and supernatural world would vanish when nature dies, so spirits could come to this world and some try to lure living peoples with them to underworld, that's why during the party peoples burned fires around houses, they believed that fires protect them from attack of the spirits.
I think we both said essentially the same thing except on a test or exam, you would get like ten out of ten ad I would get like four or something. Because I didn't flesh it out properly.
I also would like to add that the original name of the festival(a pagan harvest festival) was Samhain, which is the Irish word for August, when most of the harvesting does go on in here, so we celebrate Halloween a little out of time. The tradition of dressing up came about because the Celts used to disguise themselves as spirits to confuse them.
I'm not sure where the demanding candy came from though... also- jack-o-lanterns? Originally turnips.
Yeah, and that people only give candy out to children in costumes because they would be so horribly wild and destructive that there had to be something done about it, hence keeping them occupied with costume making/dressing up, and hence the phrase "Trick or Treat".