HOUSTON – With Halloween around the corner, here is a snapshot of how Halloween arrived in Texas.
The origin of Halloween dates back more than 2,000 years ago to an ancient festival called “Samhain,” a holiday marking the end of harvest season and the beginning of winter in Ireland, according to KVUE.
On the night known as “All Hallow’s Eve,” Irish farmers believed spirits could rise from their graves.
Some used disguises to scare off the spirits.
Bringing the tradition to America
The traditions of Halloween were carried across the Atlantic Ocean by Scottish and Irish immigrants in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
In America, the celebration became a community-centered holiday and later featured trick-or-treating as an inexpensive and easy way for people to celebrate.