Halloween is right around the corner! We’ve rounded up 50 of the best scary (and not so scary!) ideas for parties, games, and spooky fun.
History of Halloween
Before we dive into the fun stuff, here’s a quick rundown on the history of Halloween. Believe it or not, it’s actually a combination of two very different holidays—the Celtic festival Sanhain and the Catholic celebration of All Saints Day.
Sanhain was held on October 31, when Celts believed the ghosts of the dead returned to Earth. They dressed up in costumes and held bonfires to ward off ghosts, make sacrifices, and do fortune tellings.
Fast forward a couple thousand years. By this time, Christianity had made its way into Celtic lands. Catholics celebrated All Saints Day on November 1, to honor martyrs and saints. Eventually, the two celebrations more or less merged and new traditions, like trick or treating, ghost stories, and costumes, were introduced to form what we celebrate today—Halloween!