Informative Speech Outline On The History Of Halloween

SPECIFIC PURPOSE: At the end of my speech, my audience should understand three important points of the history of Halloween.

THESIS STATEMENT: The three most important points of Halloween can be summed up by looking at its origins, how it came to include jack-o-lanterns and bobbing

for apples, and how it is celebrated today in the 21st century with

trick-or-treating and haunted houses.

When the leaves start turning different colors and falling off the trees, when the temperature starts falling and the sun starts setting a little earlier each day, it makes me think of Halloween.

Most people think all Halloween is about is dressing up and going trick or treating. It didn't start out as a going door-to-door and getting candy event every October 31st. In fact, Halloween originated as a Celtic festival more than 2000 years ago.

When I was a kid, Halloween was my favorite time of the year. It wasn't even because of all the candy and the dressing up, but for the overall atmosphere of it. I have always loved all things scary and fall has always been my favorite season so naturally every year I look forward to the end of October every year.

The three most important points of Halloween can be summed up by looking at its origins, how it came to include jack-o-lanterns and bobbing for apples, and how it is celebrated today in the 21st century with trick-or-treating and haunted houses.

I. Beginning somewhere around 800 BC, The Celts celebrated "Samhain (pronounced "sow-in ), according to the book entitled "The Celts  by Nora Chadwick.

A. Samhain is a festival to recognize the end of summer.

1. The Celtic celebrated Samhain near the end of our month of

October, which was the end of the year

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