Origins of Halloween

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Halloween – a favorite holiday of millions of people across the world. “Spooky season” encompasses not only the holiday, but often the month leading up to it. So, what’s all the screaming about Halloween? Well, it’s an old holiday with a rich origin story and history. We’ll cover some of it here, and some tips to stay safe while you’re out chasing ghosts and ghouls this year. If you want to leave your car somewhere safe and sound, consider parking with On Air Parking, which offers the cheapest airport, city, and cruise parking across the United States.

History of Halloween

Based on a publication from 2021 by the Library of Congress Blogs, along with publications by, Halloween began as an old Celtic festival named Samhain (pronounced sow-in) and would have been celebrated as far back as 2,000 years ago. This festival celebrated the end-of-summer harvest, and there would be bonfires to ward off the darkness of the night. They would wear costumes to discourage and confuse the ghosts of the dead. During the 8th century, Pope Gregory III determined November 1st to be the time to honor saints, naming it All Saints Day, and it began to incorporate elements of Samhain. The night before All Saints Day was nicknamed All Hallows Eve, and later, Halloween, which led us to the current-day celebration of Halloween as we know it taking place on October 31st.

What about Halloween traditions?

You wouldn’t be shocked to know that some Halloween traditions do stem from the Celtic festival. For example, carving pumpkins originated from Ireland, although they used turnips, not pumpkins. The Celts believed that during the festival, spirits walked the earth because the veil between worlds was thin between the end of the harvest and beginning of winter. Christian missionaries perpetuated that idea, introducing All Souls’ Day which takes place on November 2nd. We point back to the idea of wearing costumes to confuse and spook off the spirits, which was again, practiced by the Celts during Samhain.

How can we stay safe?

There are several ways to remain safe while celebrating Halloween!

Park in safe areas.

First and foremost, if you’re going gallivanting with ghosts, ghouls, and gremlins, make sure to park your car at a safe, secure location. You can find several of these with On Air Parking at amazing rates. Keeping personal items such as social security cards, and other important documents, out of the car, or at least safely locked in the trunk, can be a huge help.


Keep to lit areas. Don’t approach dark houses, businesses, or buildings, especially on Halloween. Wearing light-up bracelets or glow-in-the-dark jewelry can also help you be easily visible, especially if you’re traveling on-foot in crowded areas and with lots of other people during trunk-or-treats or other activities like that.

Travel in a group.

If you’re adventuring out on Halloween night, try to go with a group of trusted people. Safety in numbers is a real thing, and it might be key to your safety!

Keep kids close.

Don’t let kids walk up to houses completely alone, even the older ones who might balk at the idea of a guardian going up with them. However, this is the best way to keep kiddos safe. THere’s also no shame in the “leashed kid” game, if it keeps your perpetual spooker from running away! Another practical tip is to write your emergency contact information (name, phone number) on your child’s arm in a sharpie or another permanent marker, or write it on their costume tag or somewhere else easily found by emergency services or adults who found your kiddo.

Don’t forget to say thank you for every treat, screech for every trick, and stay safe out there! If you have questions concerning parking reservations, please reach out to On Air Parking’s customer service, Monday through Friday, 10am-7pm ET, by calling 888-487-2754 or texting 424-532-8940. You can also reach them via email at If you’re interested in making a reservation, you can do so right on their website, or you can use their Apple and Android compatible app!

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