Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween
Employees at The Eye Drs., in Salina, enjoy their work day being in costume.

What is the original meaning of "Halloween"?

The word "Halloween" comes from All Hallows' Eve and means "hallowed evening."  The history of Halloween dates back to a pagan festival called Samhain.

(Photos from around Salina, by Diane Dowell)  

Hundred of years ago, people dressed up as saints and went door-to-door, which is the origin of the Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating.

Most scholars agree that Halloween originated some 2,000 years ago, when Celtic people in Europe celebrated the end of the harvest and the start of a new year in a festival called Samhain.

A few common and fun Halloween tradition are:

  • Carving Jack-o'-Lanterns
  • Wearing costumes
  • Trick-or-treating
  • Visiting haunted houses
  • Telling scary stories.

The custom of Halloween came to America in the 1840's with Irish immigrants fleeing a potato famine.  At that time, the favorite pranks in New England included tipping over outhouses and unhinging fence gates.

Some Halloween Safety Tips:

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
  • Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths
  • Wear reflective, flame-resistant costumes
  • Carry glow sticks or flashlights

The top 10 most popular Halloween decorations are:

  • skeletons
  • pumpkins
  • spiders
  • witch
  • bats
  • ghosts
  • tombstones
  • animal skeletons

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!!

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