Halloween has a long and storied history that dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. It was a time for honoring the dead and recognizing the changing of seasons from summer to winter. As Christianity spread, Samhain festivals began to take on some Christian traditions such as costumes, feasts and other activities. By the 19th century, Halloween had become an American holiday celebrated with parades, trick-or-treating and costume parties. Today, it is widely celebrated in many cultures around the world as an opportunity to have fun and be creative with costume designs, horror movie marathons, haunted houses and art installations. The creativity that comes out of Halloween is reflective of its rich history – one that celebrates new beginnings, connection with our spirits and freedom to express ourselves without fear or judgement.