Candy, costumes and parades. Ghouls, ghosts and goblins. These symbols have become iconic for the holiday that
kicks off the autumnal celebrations, Halloween. Even with the renowned associations of the spooky evening,
it turns out the roots of Halloween go much deeper than trick-or-treating. Halloween is often thought of as a oneday
holiday; in reality, it evolved from a triduum called Hallowtide (deriving from halig, meaning saint, and tide,
meaning season). In several cultures, the three days lasting from October 31 to November 2 are used to celebrate,
recognize and remember the dead. The historical Roman Catholic, Mexican and Celtic cultures are three notable
contributors to our westernized celebration of Halloween.