Halloween (All Hallows’ Eve), one of the world’s oldest holidays, is celebrated today in a number of countries around the world. It is thought to have originated from the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain, which marked the start of winter and the start of the new year. It was believed that the spirits of the dead could return to the earth around that time. This date later became known as All Hallows’ Eve during early Christian times and was a time to pray for the dead and honor the saints.
There are various symbols are associated with Halloween. The colors orange and black are very common. Other symbols include pumpkin lanterns, witches, wizards, ghosts, spirits and characters from horror films. Animals associated with the festival include bats, spiders and black cats. Traditions include costume parties, trick-or-treating, pranks and games.