Halloween's roots can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival Samhain that marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the cold dark period of winter. The Celts believe on this day the boundary between the living and dead were blurred and ghosts came out to haunt and cause mischief to crops and people. To honor the day, the Celts built large bonfires where they sacrifice crops and animals. They also wore costumes usually of animal heads and bones.
Halloween in America really took off in the mid 1800's when a wave of European immigrants, many from Ireland, came to America and brought with them the Celtic tradition. The tradition of dressing up dates back hundreds of years ago. Winter was a frightening time for many, the darkness and cold, and the short food supplies. Many believed ghosts haunted during Halloween. In order to not be seen, people would wear masks trying to fool the ghosts that they too were spirits.
Halloween is a long standing tradition for
seniors. For as long as I can remember, dating back to when I went to school here, the seniors are the only ones who are allowed to dress up. All morning we have been snapping pictures of Hot Air Balloons, Golden Trophies, The Wizard of Oz and Zoo Keepers! The day culminates with a class photo and an ice cream social! I think every year the students are more creative and are trying to think outside the box.