What's in a name?
The common name for Halloween is believed to have been derived from the longer pronounced word of "All-Hollows-Even". Just rolls off the tongue doesn't it? The name came from during the 16th and is a Scottish variant and was used to represent the eve of "All Hallows Day". Now,as people especially Christians might know, "All Hallows Even" is also "All Saints Day" where solemnity is observed. So how is it that Halloween got incorporated with the supernatural? Mainly with ghosts,witches and the like.
It isn't certain how that came about but all this writer knows is that a Halloween without some belief in witches and ghosts and of Frankenstein monsters is a dull Halloween!. I found this rather hilarious video by Scorpio Window who talks about the origins of Halloween.
The video is made to be humorous which it successfully does to a brilliant level and above all else, entertaining. Have a look for yourself and tell me what you think about the origins of Halloween. Does your culture believe in a different origin of the festival?