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Copper Hills Student Traditions and Where Halloween Came From

Lexi Hilton

Lexi Hilton

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There is a sharp knock at the door, Trick or Treat! Halloween is rolling around again with people decorating almost every single inch of their homes with fake cobwebs, spiders, and witches. Why do we do these things every year? Many people don’t think twice about why they deck their houses to extravagant measures. The answer is quite simple, its tradition.   

The word Halloween originated in the year 1745 from the celtic religion and actually came from the phrase Holy evening. It was a festival where people would wear costumes to scare away roaming ghosts that were perceived to come out between the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Rather than the traditional protection from ghosts, the holiday has now evolved into something that offers candy and a fun filled evening. Many believe that this shift in tone changed, just like language does, over the span of time. The Halloween we celebrate in the United States is just a dialect of the original tradition.  

Now we have children walking up and down streets with pillow cases and plastic pumpkin heads eagerly accepting candy from every door. Costumes make them feel like a different person, even if it is just for one night. High school students plan time to hang out with friends, play games, and eat buttloads of candy. Some teenages even go to the extraordinary measures of planning an entire murder mystery night. A Copper Hills Senior, Lauren, said, “my family sets aside an evening where everyone gets together to make a halloween gingerbread house.” These traditions are so very important, they bring people together as a time to reflect on loved ones and appreciate their presence in your life.

While the Halloween we celebrate has changed, many people believe that we celebrate the way we do because we make it special for ourselves. We no longer believe that ghosts are roaming the streets, but we do believe in this holiday’s traditions that are near to many people’s hearts. So get your bags of candy ready, your doorbell will be ringing off the hook before you know it.

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