Photo: Halloween Facts: Costumes, History, Urban Legends, More



A gleeful ghoul graces a Halloween pumpkin in an undated photo. Today's jack-o'-lanterns are believed to have their origins in bonfires lighted centuries ago during celebrations on the eve of Samhain, the Celtic New Year.

Photograph by Richard Nowitz/NGS


NEWS FEEDS    After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed. After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed.

Get our news delivered directly to your desktop—free.
How to Use XML or RSS

ADVERTISEMENT

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S PHOTO OF THE DAY

50 Drives of a Lifetime

Listen to your favorite National Geographic news daily, anytime, anywhere from your mobile phone. No wires or syncing. Download Stitcher free today.