Why do we celebrate Halloween?
• The history of Halloween begins about 2000 years
• It begins with an ancient Celtic tradition called
Samhain (pronounced sow-in) celebrated on
• The Celts were a group of people who lived in the
area that is now Ireland and Great Britain.
• Samhain was a festival that celebrated the end
of summer and the start of winter.
• On the night of October 31st the Celtic people
believed ghosts of the dead returned to earth!
• The Celts wore masks and costumes so the
ghosts couldn’t recognize them!
How did Halloween come to the
• During the 1800's a lot new immigrants came
to the U.S.
• Many of these immigrants were Irish, who
brought the celebration of Halloween with
• The old traditions of the Irish mixed with the
new American traditions and the result was
What does “trick or treat?” mean?
• A “trick” is an unfriendly game, or prank, one
person plays on another person.
• A “treat” can be a piece of candy or anything
• When kids say “trick or treat?” they are asking
for a treat or they’ll play a trick on you!
How much candy can you get?
• Many children have contests with each other
to see who can get the most candy.
• It depends a lot on how good their costume is.
• The better the costume, the more candy
someone will give you!
Halloween for teenagers and
• Teenagers and adults also celebrate
Halloween in the U.S.
• They dress up in costumes too!
• But they don’t go “trick or treating”
• They go to parties with friends!
Halloween is very popular in the
• Halloween is a very big business in the U.S.
• Americans spend over 6 billion dollars every
year on Halloween. Wow. That’s a lot.
• Over one quarter (25%) of all candy sold is
bought on Halloween!
What games do we play?
• The most common activity on Halloween is
• Normally, kids and adults carve scary faces or
designs into pumpkins and put a light inside
• Then they put the pumpkins outside their
door on Halloween night!