Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31. Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). During this time, people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, mostly in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. The Celts believed that the dead could walk among the living at this time. During Samhain, the living could visit with the dead.
Gainesville International School also celebrates with the rest of the world as students, teachers, staff, and administrators dress up for the occasion. The event commenced with a brief history of Halloween and some creepy stories given by Dr. Joe Capehart. Students then showcased their scary looks in a fashion show of monsters, ghouls, witches, and ghosts. These creatures also enjoyed their trick or treat knocking on every door asking for some treats. Adding more to the excitement, the students played Halloween games vying for the great prizes that await them. More than just the prize is the bond and teamwork created during these moments of the students’ life. Happy Halloween, everyone!