Everyone loves to dress up for Hallowe’en but do you know the reason behind this fall tradition? This favourite holiday, filled with pumpkin spice and spooky stories, actually has a long history. It starts with the Celtic people who lived 2,000 years ago, in the area which is now modern-day Ireland, Britain and northern France. The Celtic people believed that during Samhain, a Celtic festival at the end of October, the boundary between the dead and the living was blurred, and that spirits of the dead would roam the earth. People wore costumes when they went out at night so spirits would not be able to recognize them. Going forward to the eighth century, it was Pope Gregory III who designated November 1 as All Saints’ Day. This new holiday, a time to honour all of the saints and martyrs, incorporated some of the traditions from Samhain. The evening before became known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Hallowe’en. This holiday has continued to change over time to become more secular and community based. It is a time for people to come together, usually with child-friendly activities, to play games or go trick or treating. Here at the Galt, we are no exception. On Saturday, October 28 come to experience our Hallowe’en Spooktacular! Enjoy treats, play games and even make some crafts to decorate your house. And if you dare, go on a tour of the building and hear some spooky stories! Wear your costume as a dress rehearsal for the big night and enjoy free admission to the Museum for our Community Day from 1:00–4:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!