To celebrate Halloween, students come to school dressed in costume and enjoy an afternoon of carnival games, a costume parade and all kinds of spooky foods! Families volunteer to build carnival games and bring them in before the event. Older students run the games for the younger children and everyone wins prizes. This is a fun and festive afternoon for the whole school.

Where do the Halloween traditions come from?

The origins of Halloween stretch far back, 2,000 years ago, to the Celts in Europe who celebrated Samhain (pronounced sow-in) on October 31. They built a sacred bonfire, dressed in costumes of animal heads and skins, told fortunes and then lit their own hearth fires from the sacred fire so that it could protect them all year long. When the Romans moved into the area in A.D. 43, the Celts and Romans combined Samhain with the Roman holiday of Feralia, a day to remember the dead.

In the 800s, Christianity began to influence the Celtic lands. The Pope named November 1st as All Saint’s Day, or All-hallowmesse as they called it at that time. The night before November 1st began to be called All-hallows Eve, which eventually came to be known as Halloween.

European immigrants to America brought Halloween traditions with them such as telling fortunes, ghost stories and later, dressing up in costumes and going door to door for treats. In the late 1800s, Americans turned Halloween more into a community activity of friendship with less emphasis on tricks, fortunes and ghosts.

At Delphi, we ask students not to wear scary costumes to school and to leave any weapons that are part of the costume at home. These simple rules make the carnival fun for everyone, since we have many young students.

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