Halloween (or Hallowe'en, Hallow's Eve, or All Saints' Eve) is a yearly celebration observed on the 31 of October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallow's Day.It begins the three day observance of Allhallowtide, which is the time of the lithurgical year (the church year) dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (aka hallows), martyrs, and departed religiously faithful believers.Now, this is where things get interesting.
The tradition of trick or treating as it is known in America today was likely started by Irish immigrants to the country in the 1800s. By then the traditions of mumming and souling were more or less forgotten and unobserved back in Britain and Ireland. Trick or treating and general costuming were barely mentioned in American culture until after the 1930s. More than likely, the traditions of mumming and souling were somehow merged together in various festivities surrounding Halloween in America. Because the most common association with Halloween is that of honoring the dead, supernatural festivities became associated with the holiday. This eventually morphed into costume parties with partygoers dressing as various supernatural creatures. Halloween has long been a source of consternation for religious organizations, with many decrying it as a Satanic or evil holiday despite its partially Catholic roots.(Find the rest of the article here.)
So next time you hear someone say they don't celebrate Halloween because it's "Devil Worshipping", you can disprove them.
Another thing I've been noticing is the sexualization of female costumes. And everything is being sexualized!