Athena Preparatory

Private High School Education & College Preparation

Halloween 2023

Halloween, also known as Samhain, is a time when the veil between our world and the spirit world is believed to be at its thinnest. It is a time for honoring the dead and marking the beginning of the “dark half” of the year. Halloween is celebrated annually on October 31st, and it is a time when children and adults dress up in costumes as ghosts, witches, and other spooky figures. Halloween has its roots in the ancient Celtic harvest festivals of pre-Christian Europe. Samhain was originally a Gaelic festival that marked the change of seasons and the approach of winter. It was a time when people believed that spirits or fairies were more likely to pass into our world, and dead and departed relatives played a central role in the tradition. Halloween has undergone many transformations over the years, and it is now celebrated with activities such as trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, and costume parties. Although some religions discourage participation in Halloween, the holiday has a rich history and bridges cultures worldwide, reaffirming our connection to our departed loved ones.