Halloween, a 2,000 year history

A quick search online for the word Halloween and you might get 4,110,000,000+ responses on Google. That’s quite the number! Even though October 31st is one of America’s favorite celebrations with costumes, decorations, stories, tricks and treats, many people know very little about the “real” story behind the day called Halloween.

On Halloween, there are many activities that you can enjoy such as being with family and enjoying quality time, wearing costumes and attending community fall festivals. This is where you can enjoy various themed games such as apple bobbing and pumpkin carving into jack-o’-lanterns.

Take a moment to learn more about the history of Halloween and why this tradition goes back more than 2,000 years ago.

History | Bet You Didn’t Know: Halloween



  1. What details from the video Bet You Didn’t Know: Halloween did you find interesting?
  2. What family activities do you enjoy doing on Halloween?
  3. Click on the link Halloween Safety Tips. Using those points as your guide, create a list on how you will stay safe in your community.

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  1. What I thought that was interesting is how much people spend on Halloween. I just stay in the house and play on my Wii U. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.

  2. 2) Me and my family share candy, scary stories, telling jokes, and have alot of fun together.

  3. You should walk to see if there is cars passing by or people throwing eggs in other people houses.

  4. 1)The dead returned in ghost and I notice that long time ago people use to dance for wine, money, and I also notice that they use to say halloween all hallo.

  5. On Halloween me and my family go trick-or-treat.

  6. Look left, right and left again when crossing the street. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.

  7. We carve pumpkins and then put candles inside, so they look like jack-o-lanterns.

  8. I liked that the video mentioned that people think that Halloween is about trick or treating, parades, or bobbing for apples. My family and I always go trick or treating or go to church. To stay safe when i go trick or treating I always look right then left twice before I cross the street and I go trick or treating with an adult.

  9. On the night before Samhain, people believe the dead returned as ghosts.

  10. People are spending 2.5 billion on costumes and spending 6 billion on candy.

  11. On the night before Samhain they thought that the dead returned as ghosts.

  12. Did you know that a long time ago people danced for wine, food, and money. Today people spend more than 6 billion dollars on costumes each year.

  13. What i found interesting was in the 2,000 years ago there was a festival called SAMHAIN and the day was called hallows eve but was shortened into Halloween.My family activities i like to do on Halloween is go to my church in our costumes at our church they have games and haunted houses and tick or car which is something when you decorate your car and give out candy.My list of saftey rules for Halloween in our community are don’t stay out to long go with and adult never go inside a house if the ask you to when they get the candy and check all the candy when you home. 😎

  14. I didn’t know that Halloween was called”Hallows Eve”. We sort out candy and the ones we don’t want ,we give to our parents [ if they want them]. Cross the street at corners using traffic signals and crosswalks.Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision.Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.