According the the Halloween topic page in the library's Credo Reference database, the name of the holiday is a contraction of "All Hallows' Even," or the day before All Hallows' Day, also known as All Saints' Day.
The traditions associated with the holiday, however, probably have their deepest roots in ancient harvest festivals or commemorations of the dead, possibly including the Celtic observance Samhain.
The season of Halloween and Samhain is still an important time in modern-day Ireland, but in other cultures since the 1700s, Halloween has largely become a holiday for children.
Trick-or-treating is an American invention dating from the 1930s, which came about to discourage youth from destructive pranking.
Trick-or-Treating in the Library
The library will be joining the rest of the WCC campus in offering candy to trick-or-treaters between 2 and 4 p.m. on Halloween, Thursday 10/31.
We also have our display of spooky materials up for patrons to enjoy, so check it out!
Poetry for Halloween Fun
The Poetry Foundation has put together a collection of Halloween-related poems online. Get to know some classic and contemporary masters of spookiness!