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Halloween’s Origin

Halloween is a fun night were kids and grown ups alike get to dress up as whatever they want to be. For adults Halloween normally means watching scary movies and taking their kids around trick or treating. Kids of course get all of the pleasure of receiving free candy as they go from house to house.

Yes we all know that you will steal some candy of your own… or just buy a bag that you don’t hand out and keep for yourself! Have you ever wondered how the tradition of Halloween began? Why do we dress up and hand out treats at the end of October?

Straddling the line between fall and winter, is life and death, a time of celebration and superstition. Halloween originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (Sow-in).  They believed it was the time when ghosts and spirits came out to haunt. People would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. The Celts would also appease the spirits by giving them treats.

November 1st was also when the Celts celebrated the new year about 2,000 years ago!

 

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