In this five parts series on Halloween Decor Ideas, we are trying to get you the best of Halloween Décor & traditions associated with this festival. This is part three, where apart from looking at some stunning pictures on Halloween décor, we would also tell you about Halloween Traditions.
Today’s Halloween Traditions
“Trick or Treat” is one of the most famous and widely followed traditions at Halloween, essentially by kids. It dates back many centuries and originated in America. The roots of this tradition goes back to All Souls’ Day parades in early England Civilization. In those days, poor people would go and beg for food during festivals and promise to pray for their families dead relatives. And families used to offer them cakes in return of their prayers. These cakes were known as soul cakes. This tradition of feeding of poor was even supported by traditional churches as well. This tradition actually replaced an early tradition of leaving the food and wine for roaming spirits. Probably this practice, was eventually adopted by children of visiting houses and they were given food, money and drinks.
The ritual of dressing in costume for Halloween has Celtic roots from early England. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.
So please keep hooked on to this space, we would be getting some more traditions and superstitions attached with this wonderful festival.