A History Lesson on Halloween
Halloween was never about devil worship or scaring people. Halloween is the Christian name given to a pagan holiday (Samhain) which was about the end of the harvest season. Trick or Treating was done by older teens and young adults who would go door to door collecting food for a feast. If people didn’t donate food a trick (such as leaving a gate open to allow livestock to escape) was played. They also played fortune telling games (bobbing for apples) which early Christians didn’t approve of.
They thought this time of year was magical and that people who had died during the year could come back and walk among them to say their good-byes. If you had wronged somebody and that person had died then you might have been at risk, but otherwise people didn’t fear their dead.
They did not engage in animal sacrifice, but they did slaughter all their old animals as feeding them through winter would have been hard.
Samhain was not the same as the Day of the Dead celebrations from Mexico.