It's the most awaited time of the year for kids and adults everywhere - Halloween! It's time to dress up as your favorite characters and indulge on candy and chocolate without feeling guilty. As Halloween is enjoyed by many people across the world, have you ever wondered how it came to be? 

Origin of Halloween

Halloween's origin dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. It marked the beginning of the dark, cold winter - which, at that time, was often associated with human death. The ancient Celtic people believed on the night before new year during the contemporary calendars, the boundaries between the world of the living and the dead became blurred. Hence, the night of October 31, they celebrated the festival of Samhain, when it was believed the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. 

When Halloween made its way to America, it was commonly practiced in Maryland and the southern colonies. The first celebrations of Halloween included "play parties" - a public event held to celebrate the harvest. People would share stories of the dead, sing, dance and tell each other's fortune. 

It wasn't popularized nationally until the second half of the 19th century when the Irish immigrants made their way into America. 

(source: https://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween) 

Halloween Celebrations

Halloween celebrations are going to be a little different this year. Although children everywhere are anticipating going out and collecting candy, extra precautions will have to be taken or they'll have to collect candy in other ways! 

If you're planning on taking your kids trick or treating, make sure to keep an eye  on active COVID-19 cases in your community before heading out. Safety is always a priority so ensure everyone is wearing a mask and practise physical distancing. As well, make sure to dress the kids warm with socks, hats and gloves with their costumes to keep warm! 

There are plenty of other ways to join in on the Halloween fun if you're skipping out on taking the kids trick or treating. Have the kids dress up and have a Zoom Halloween party with family and friends. It'll be a great way for everyone to interact and show off their costumes. As well, you can stick to your bubble groups and organize a scavenger hunt, haunted house or Halloween party for the kids outside. 

Indeed Halloween will be different this year. However, rather than cancelling the festivities, get creative with the kids and enjoy Halloween festivities that they are sure to remember! Happy Halloween from Heat Holders®!



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