Print and online resources about Halloween and related topics created by Jacqueline Macias, library student aide.

History of Halloween

When did Halloween begin?

  "Halloween had its beginnings in an ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of  the dead. The Celtic peoples, who were once found all over Europe, divided the  year by four major holidays. According to their calendar, the year began on a  day corresponding to November 1st on our present calendar. The date marked the  beginning of winter. Since they were pastoral people, it was a time when cattle  and sheep had to be moved to closer pastures and all livestock had to be secured  for the winter months. Crops were harvested and stored. The date marked both  an ending and a beginning in an  eternal cycle." Library of Congress.

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