Halloween is celebrated on the night of October 31. There are bats, cats, costumes, makeup, trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, haunted houses and carving jack-o-lanterns but why do we celebrate Halloween? Here are a few facts put together for your enjoyment on this unusual holiday.
The word Halloween is a short version of All Hallows' Evening also known as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried different versions of their traditions to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century including the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom as well as of Australia and New Zealand.