We all think this, but actually, Halloween – or All Hallows Eve – has its roots in a long ago ancient tradition that celebrated one’s ancestors and the belief that on October 31st, their spirits would rise and walk their ancestral streets again. The peoples of that time would put food and drink (treats) out for the spirits to enjoy. They also dressed up and disguised themselves as the dead to ward off vengeful spirits and honor them. And it wasn’t just dressing up either! They also decorated turnips as lamps to scare off demons and ghouls!
Today, Halloween, is celebrated in many countries around the world. However, trick-or-treating is a very American tradition and it has spread to other countries like, France, Canada, Australia, Germany, England, and more. The French didn’t start celebrating Halloween (like we do here) until the 90s…the 1990s! And they don’t go house to house – they go store-to-store.
Here in the US, Halloween is a great time for people to dress up and have fun. You can head out with your kids and meet your neighbors. Also, you can sneak some candy from their treat bags because you’re not the only one!
Happy Halloween from all of us at Marquis Family Dentistry!