On Wednesday, Oct. 31, many of us celebrated Halloween. Halloween may have pagan foundations, but for most, it is simply a fun holiday to be celebrated with costumes and scary movies. But the beginnings of dressing up and creating jack-o’-lanterns were to protect ourselves from evil spirits.
Thus began the Christian celebration of All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1. In medieval England the festival was known as All Hallows, hence the name Halloween (All Hallows’ Eve) for the preceding evening, as per Christianity.com.