Halloween began as the festival of Samhain. It was part of the ancient Celtic religion in Britain and other parts of Europe. At the end of summer, the Celts thought the barrier between our world and the world of ghosts and spirits got really thin. This meant weird creatures with strange powers could wander about on Earth. The Celts had a big party. It was all about scaring away the ghosts and spirits. Later, with the Christian religion, the day became known as All Hallows’ Eve – the day before All Saints’ Day on 1 November.
Halloween Wind: Sandra Liatsos
down our quiet street.
It rattled all the windows
and then we heard it beat
on every door at every house
where shutters banged and clattered.
It howled for treats and howled for more
while leaves and branches scattered.
It rolled a pumpkin down the street,
and made the cat’s fur rise.
Then after all the tricks it played
it flew up in the sky
with candy wrappers in its grasp,
and empty bags and sticks –
It hadn’t wanted treats at all,
only lots of tricks!