What year did Halloween start?
About 2000 years ago (approximately 10 BC) in the area of Ireland, southern United Kingdom, and northern France, the Celts started what was to become the tradition that is known today as Halloween.
Their lives revolved around the harvest and believed that the end of the year was when the harvest ended. On this evening, they believed that the boundary between the living and the dead was blurred and that the dead returned to earth in ghost form. They held the festival known as "Samhain" (named after the Lord of the Dead) which was presided over by Celtic "Druids."
The Celts believed that the presence of these ghosts made it easier for the Druids to predict the future. This gave them comfort through the long winters.
When the Romans conquered the Celts in 43 AD, the ceremonies were blended together. In 800 AD, the Christian influence spread and November 1st was deemed as "All Saints’ Day." The night before was called "All Hallows Eve" which transformed over time to Halloween.
Halloween was originally Samhian – a Celtic festival to honor the dead and of harvest, it has been reincarnated many times over the centuries into our modern celebration. The Celts lived long before recorded history – for them it was the holiest day of the year and the start of the New Year. When Ireland was converted to Christianity the priests continued to allow the Irish to celebrate their festival for a few hundred years, then it was banned – but the Irish continued to celebrate it in secret. The Catholic Church demonized everything about the old religions – which is why Halloween is considered evil. The Catholic Church also created “All Saints Day” also known as “All Hallows Day” on November First, and “All Souls Day” on November Second, to let the Celts continue to honor parted souls in a “Christian way” The night before All Hallows Day was known as All Hallows Eve (just like Christmas Eve). When Europeans first came to America there was no Halloween. When the Irish came to Ameri