International Ghost Festival
31 October
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Why do we call “Halloween”?
- All Saints Day, observed on November 1, is a Christian holiday. All Hallows E'en (All Hallows' evening), which became known as Halloween, was celebrated on October 31.

When did Halloween start?
- The celebration has its roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain. It celebrated the end of the harvest and the start of the New Year. The night before the New Year, people thought, was when the line between the worlds of the living and the dead blurred and ghosts came back to earth.

Why do we trick or treat?
- During this time of year, beggars in Britain would receive delicacies referred to as “soul cakes.” The beggars agreed to offer a prayer for the deceased in exchange. American adopted the tradition and started asking for candy instead.

Why do we dress up in costumes?
- On October 31, the ancient Celts dressed animal heads and skins, and tried to predict the future. Additionally, when people left their homes after dark, they would wear masks to avoid being mistaken for ghosts.