The Halloween Tradition


The migration of nearly 2 million Irish during 1845-1849 first brought the custom of Halloween to America. Irishmen by the thousands came to California for the Gold Rush from 1849 forward, although the traditions of adult legend-telling and children’s games on All Hallows Eve probably took a back seat to other considerations in those years, since Almanacs of the period make no mention of Halloween in their lists of holidays until later in the 19th century.