By the calendar, Halloween is celebrated on Oct. 31 every year, and that date has significance – but not right out of the gate, holiday-wise.
Halloween History: A Timeline
In 609 A.D., Pope Boniface IV heralded the celebration of Christian martyrs when he declared “All Martyrs Day” on May 13, a celebration that endured for 200 years. Fast forward to the eighth century, when Pope Gregory III, the leader of the Christian world, mandated Nov. 1 as a date to celebrate not just all martyrs, but “all saints,” too. Hence the term, “All Saints Day.”…[READ MORE]