Superstitions and Celebrations: Halloween History in Chronicling America
It’s time for spirits, fairies, ghosts, and ghouls! Halloween originated in the ancient Celtic festival of the dead Samhain (“summer’s end”) and later Christian celebrations of martyrs and saints (“All Saints Day” or “All Hallows”). The historic newspapers in Chronicling America show that in the 19th and early 20th centuries Americans both disparaged and delighted in, and ultimately borrowed from, old world traditions involving the supernatural, divination, and trickery.
Posted: October 23, 2015