America is considered a melting pot of cultures, where many different cultures can come and be one. It makes sense that as others immigrated to America, so did their holidays. Halloween is traditionally thought to be derived from an old Celtic celebration called Samhain, or Summer’s End. However, since the Puritans settled the first permanent American colonies, Halloween has a more decidedly Christian touch in America.
In the early days of America, most Halloween celebrations were a feast before All Hallows’ Day, a holy day in most mainstream Christian religions that takes place on November 1st. In the 1900s, the focus shifted from religious reasons to a more community-focused celebration.Trick or treating became popular in the 1930s, and the traditions have slowly evolved into what is known as Halloween in America today.