Who invented Halloween as we know it today, with the costumes and free candy?

I mean, it had to have been a kid, right? I mean, FREE CANDY!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Well,according to Silver Ravenwolf in her book about Halloween,it was started in the 1940's as a way to channel the damage of "Mischief Night "away from the kids and to give them an outlet, yeah, it's essentially a bribe- Treat or trick might be a more appropriate name. Actually when I was a kid (yup, I'm a geezer) the older folks in the neighborhood would pass out bags-typically a brown paper lunch bag with an apple,a popcorn ball,and some home-made cookies. Little fools that we were, we valued the candy bars more, but looking back, those people gave out so much more, esp. when you realize how little they had.

    Source(s): Halloween, by Silver Ravenwolf
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The origin of Halloween dates back 2000 years ago to the Celtic celebration of the dead. A Celtic festival was held on November 1, the first day of the celtic New Year, honoring the Samhain, the Lord of the Dead. Celtic ritual believed that the souls of the dead returned on the evening before November 1. The celebration included burning sacrifices and costumes. These early events began as both a celebration of the harvest and an honoring of dead ancestors.

    Halloween spread throughout Europe in the seventh century. It began with "All Hallows Eve", the "Night of the Dead". It is immediately followed by "All Souls Day", a christian holy day.

    The first lighted fruit was really carved out of gourds and turnips. European custom also included carving scary faces into the gourds and placing embers inside to light them. This was believed to ward of evil spirits, especially spirits who roamed the streets and countryside during All Hallows Eve.

    The Irish brought the tradition of carving turnips and even potatoes with them to America. They quickly discovered that pumpkins were bigger and easier to carve.

  • monks
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    4 years ago

    The beginning place of Halloween got here from the Celtic pagans Wheel of the twelve months (Sabbats) referred to as Samhain. however the truthfully pagan trip has not something incredibly to do with the Christian trip All Saints Day otherwise referred to as All Holy night, All Hallows Eve, or what might latter be prevalent as Halloween. yet Halloween has become greater like a commercial trip than while it become a Christian trip. as we talk His Church witnesses the trip All Saints Day being as a Holy Day.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It wasastarted as a promotion by candy manufacturers.

    The real halloween is all hallow's eve the night before all saints day and a night when the spirits of the dead were supposed to walk the earth. It is also one of the 4 traditional annual witches sabbath's night.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    According to the web, halloween is generally believed to originate from the celts about 2000 years ago.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It was invented by Transvestites. They need a day out.

  • 1 decade ago

    fsg

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