Halloween celebrations may include Halloween costumes, trick-or-treating, candy and funny pranks. Here's a look at the history of the spooky holiday and how it reportedly got its start.
Samhain was a pagan religious festival hosted halfway between the autumnal equinox and winter solstice, and it was celebrated in England and Ireland roughly 2,000 years ago, according to historical records. Cortney Moore is a lifestyle writer on the Lifestyle team at Fox News Digital.
Typically, Samhain was considered a new year celebration, and it was observed on Nov. 1. Festival participants reportedly lit bonfires and wore masks and costumes to ward off malevolent spirits, Brittanica notes.