An older definition of Halloween dating back to the early days of Christianity means Hallow Eve, the day before All Saints Day. November 1st. When exactly did it turn into as we know it today? I haven’t been able to find an exact year or date but I did find it was considered a day that retaliation for a wrong committed should be issue and in some cultures it’s called the day of the dead.
But the Day of the Dead didn’t mean nearly two years ago what it means today. It means a celebration of the day Jesus died and freed mankind from the penalty of a spiritual death. Blood supposedly ran from Mt Calvary to the local graveyard on the rain and when it reached the graveyard the dead got up whole; not looking as those in zombie movies. They looked the same as looked when they were alive. They went unto their families. It happened not only in Jerusalem but apparently all over the world for so many different cultures to celebrate it. There were no CNN back then to broadcast the dead was up and walking about.
(I think I would’ve left that Jesus guy alone after all that.)
Real anthropologists take events without bias and inserting their personal belief into them and compare them for evident they may have some truth.
Anthropologists haven’t figured what happened to caused this to be a world-wide celebration.
I am aware it’s widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from ancient Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain and Brythonic festival Calan Gaeaf: that such festivals may have had pagan roots; and that Samhain itself was Christianized as Halloween by the early Church to combat the fact people were being offered to the local gods and goddesses.
I haven’t found it to be solely of ancient Celtic, Saxon, nor Wessex origin. Many ancient cultures celebrated the end of the harvest season. But did not all killed anyone and eat them.
Some of the early customs and practices celebrating this day was down right gruesome, deadly, and involved cannibalism. I presume the Romans forced them to stopped this practice because they were killing people who could be paying taxes the next season saying: “Hey man! You who putting those people in that cage…What do you think you’re doing?”
“Making an offering to Samhain for the abundant crops this years.”
“Samhain didn’t do anything. You did all the work. You’re going to stop because you’re burning tax money! Stop that crap this instant!”
But it resumed after Roman occupation.
Yes, some ancient customs and festivals were scarier than any ghoul or ghost.