5 things you didn't know about the religious ties to Halloween
Jennifer Lee Preyss
Oct. 28, 2011 at 5:28 a.m.
Updated Nov. 2, 2011 at 6:02 a.m.
Halloween is one of the most popular holidays observed each year, and celebrated annually by 68 percent of Americans. Halloween dates back about 2,000 years to the Celtic festival of Samhain, a pre-Christian celebration held in modern-day Ireland when people wore costumes and lit fires to ward off ghosts. Though Halloween is traditionally thought of as a secular holiday, it has ancient roots to both paganism and Christianity. Here are five things you didn't know about the religious ties to Halloween.