Halloween is the magic night for excellence and it is a party “imported” from the United States of America. In reality Halloween has American origins, but it is purely a European party. The tradition of celebrating the eve of All Saints (English All Hallows’ Eve Day, which was then contract Halloween) has in fact British origins, namely Celtic. For those populations, which were based mainly on agriculture for survival, the new year began on November 1 and on the night of October 31 was celebrated “Samhain”, which is the end of summer, when mortals thanked the spirits for summer crops.
Moreover it was thought that on this night the barriers between the worlds of the living and the spirits are thin allowing them to return to earth.
To thank the souls of the dead people were left in front of the door of the house sweets and lanterns, obtained in pumpkins, called jack-o-lantern, to lead the way. Another custom is to set the table for Halloween dinner by adding an extra seat, to pay tribute to the deceased.
The Samhain wore also the last harvest of the year, an event celebrated simultaneously in many other cultures.
The carved pumpkin is the icon of Halloween and is now known all over the world.