Halloween: the deets you need to know
By Alyssa Hardy, Justin Rose, and Taylee Cox
Halloween has officially arrived, and there’s so much to look forward to, from brainstorming dark, spooky costumes to trying out pumpkin carving ideas with the friends and family and, of course, eating unfathomable amounts of Halloween treats, candy, and chocolate and indulging in everything pumpkin spice flavored. No matter how old you are or how many times you’ve been around the block, the holiday simply never gets old. The littlest ones get a chance to dress up and go trick-or-treating.
Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31, Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. The Celts, were those who lived 2,000 years ago. The celebration of Halloween was extremely limited in colonial New England because of the rigid Protestant belief systems there. Halloween was much more common in Maryland and the southern colonies.
This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. The first celebrations included “play parties,” which were public events held to celebrate the harvest. Neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other’s fortunes, dance and sing.
Bervik Edmunds, a student here at Snow Canyon High, was asked a few questions about Halloween like, what his favorite themed song is, his response was “Ghostbusters.” We also asked him if he ever got pranked on or if he ever did one, his response was “someone threw corn at me in the corn maze.” Edmunds’ costume this year was that of a football player. His biggest fear is Mikele Miers. His all time favorite spooky movie is Chucky 2. He likes to celebrate Halloween at a campfire out to Warner Valley with family and friends. The scariest costume he’s seen is a guy holding his head. He absolutely hates staying home because he had an experience where the door opened while he was home alone. This year he didn’t plan on going trick or treating but he was going to go spend time with his friends and going camping.
We have asked Alejandro Mendoza, a student here at Snow Canyon High school a couple questions about Halloween, our first question for him was, what is your favorite Halloween / horror themed song and his answer was quite simple he said “spooky scary skeleton,” with the following question of who is your favorite horror monster / villain ? Alejandro’s response to that was “Freddy Cougar “. We asked him what is the creepiest thing that’s happened to you while you were alone at home and he gave us a quick response saying “the noises, hearing things. I am terrified of that!”
We’ve also asked Savannah Jones, a student here at Snow Canyon high school . These same exact questions and these were her responses, she likes Halloween because she’s able to watch horror movies and listen to Halloween themed songs such as “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” When she is alone her biggest fear is when the temperature is dropping. She is absolutely terrified of seeing people on stilts and the most likely thing that she likes is going to parties and they have to be spooky and the thing she hates the most out of everything is decorating her house with her mother and her favorite costume was a fairy in a wedding dress.
Hannah Current a student here at Snow Canyon High School, enjoys Halloween because she likes to be able to dress up for one night and just be herself. We have asked her what her best costume was and her answer was “a cowgirl” and she likes to be able to decorate her house and hangout with her friends but parties have never really been her thing. She prefers to have a spooky Halloween, and she likes to go trick or treating and eat most of the candy. She likes carving pumpkins and when she celebrates Halloween she just likes to catch up with family and friends that she hasn’t seen in a long time and just have a good time with them.
There is a whole history behind why we celebrate Halloween and what created the holiday we celebrate every year on October 31. It’s a fun day to bring out the fun adventures of you, a way to express yourself. A way we associate with human death. We want to spend this holiday in grief for all those who have lost their lives but to also show our inner sides and enjoy this holiday. Have a great holiday season!