(WTSP/CBS) -- Amid the candy and costumes, you might sometimes wonder how exactly we came to celebrate a day of tricks and treats.
The holiday has an interesting history. The ancient Celts used to
have a festival called Samhain that marked the beginning of the long
dark months of winter. It was basically their new year. It was a time
when the barriers between the living and the spirit world fell away -
ghosts would appear. The Celts would build huge bonfires and make
sacrifices of crops or animals. Folks would dress up in animal skins.
Romans rolled into Celtic territory not long after the death of Christ
and they merged the Celts' pagan rituals with their own - that lasted
until Celts converted to Christianity.
So, the Church cooked up
something called All Saints Day, which coincides perfectly with the
Celts' old holiday, which we celebrate as All Hallows' Eve - Halloween.