What is the Meaning of Halloween?

“Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death, but to inspire yourself to life” -Adele Brookman

Salvador Martinez, Photojournalist

Don’t freak out! The evil spirits will come if fear is sensed! Just breath and think, “what is the meaning of Halloween?” What is the actual meaning of this night? What does it represent? Well, guess what? It means the Holy evening of All Saints’ Day, commonly celebrated by children who dress in costume and solicit candy or other yummy treats door-to-door. Why do they say “trick-or-treat” in order to redeem candy? In addition, in ancient times to now, there is a legend saying that since night of Halloween falls around the same time frame as All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1) and day of All the Faithful Departed (Nov. 2); it has been said that the dead leave their tombs and go visit the mortal world and play nasty tricks that try to horrify humans. That is why you say Trick-or-Treat the minute the candy giver opens the door!


The point of Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have started with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to scare off roaming ghosts and other evil spirits around them. Today, Halloween is celebrated by dressing up with cute costumes. Some cultures have different ways on celebrating the Holy evening of Saints’. Today in Ireland, it’s celebrate Halloween by lighting bonfires, making jack-o-lanterns, preparing delicious treats and having a party to unite everyone and have fun.


According to today’s society, many people have different points of view toward the night of Halloween. Some people say it’s fun, others say it’s evil but still fun! Jessica Gutierrez (10) says that “Halloween is a trick-or-treating, eating too much candy, and having fun with friends.” In addition, Sarah Ruggles (10) says “Halloween is scary and it’s also a good way to get free candy and dress up in cool costumes”. Halloween is shown to be a great way to express what you want to be. Grace Kim (10) says “Halloween is a time I can express myself and be anything I want.” However, Halloween can be shown as a evening where something can go bunk in the night. Sophia Chen (10) sees it as “a night to be evil.”  


Dressing up and collecting candy is one of the most exciting parts of Halloween! In order to enjoy Halloween, dress up as something most people desire, not something done because someone else is doing in order to look good! No! Take the time and decide! A good idea would be dressing up as something desired be as an adult or a childhood character! A great idea of a costume would be like Spiderman or a Disney prince or witch like Ursula, Elsa, Anna, etc. Reilly Canestrale (10) says “Rapunzel would be a great character to dress up as because she is determined to get what she wants and no one stops her.” Take into consideration that Halloween is a night to dress up and have fun with friends! Celebrate Halloween with some fun pranks! As long as there are funny to person being pranked. Get involved, Halloween only comes once around!