Alright y’all asked so here’s a brief summary of the Halloween Tradition:
It originated with the Celts over in Britain way back when, who believed that demons/monsters/spirits were able to cross over and roam the land during the ending of the year. People would therefore dress up like monsters themselves in order to blend in and trick the monsters into leaving them alone. Fast forward to the Catholic church trying to convert everyone to Christianity. In order to transition people into the new religion, they adopted and adapted a lot of pagan traditions (including Christmas but that’s a different thing) - SO they folded in the pagan “dress like monsters to fool the real ones” tradition and changed it enough to be NON-pagan-y by making a celebration called All Hallow’s Eve. On All Hallow’s Eve, the new tradition was to dress up and go house to house asking for food or money in exchange for prayers or songs or whatever, thus keeping part of the Pagan tradition so that people wouldn’t feel like they were losing their heritage/history/whatever but also making it Christian enough that it wasn’t blasphemy in the eyes of the church. Aaaaand then it spread and got commercialized and now we have our current holiday thing in place
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