According to History.com, Halloween has Celtic roots, beginning with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would "light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts."
Of course now, many kids are dressed up as ghosts.
In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating sweet treats.
Christians, Muslims and Jews have all expressed concern about celebrating Halloween due to its pagan roots. And according to ThoughtCo, the holiday is tied to some Satanic worship, although this connection began more recently than many might think:
Anton LaVey formed the Church of Satan in 1966 and wrote the "Satanic Bible" within a few years. It is important to note that this was the first organized religion to ever label itself as Satanic.
LaVey mandated three holidays for the new religion: Satan's birthday, Walpurgisnacht and Halloween.
...the Church of Satan describes October 31 as 'the Fall climax' and a day to costume according to one's inner self or reflect on a recently deceased loved one.
One former Satan-worshiper, now Christian pastor, warned his congregation about celebrating Halloween. CBN News spoke with John Ramirez, who said of Halloween: "You have to be aware it's a curse."
Now as a born again believer, [Ramirez] strongly warns Christians against celebrating Halloween and participating in harvest festivals.
Ramirez says that in his opinion the other events Christians hold instead of Halloween, such as 'Trunk or Treat' nights, are really no different.
But many people argue that people like Ramirez are simply using scare tactics to prevent others from celebrating. As ThoughtCo notes, LaVey's Church of Satan was the first religion of its kind, and the group took on Halloween as one of its three holidays largely as a joke.
Halloween was celebrated long before Satanists had anything to do with it. Therefore, historically Halloween is not Satanic.
No matter how you choose to celebrate Halloween, the holiday is an innocent one, as its origins are not based in Satan-worship. Whether you spend your holiday carving pumpkins, consuming every pumpkin spice food you can find or watching gore films from the '70s, Halloween is a day for silliness and fun–both the spooky and wholesome kind!