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  • This holiday is also known as All Hallows Eve.

  • Welcome to, and today we'll be learning more about Halloween.

  • Trick of treat!

  • Halloween is a holiday observed annually on October 31st.

  • Though it is celebrated in some Asian and South American countries, it is mostly commemorated by western nations.

  • Some believe Halloween has pagan origins.

  • It is most commonly linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, which marked the end of autumn and the harvest season.

  • During this period, the people of the Gaelic world held feasts in honor of the departed souls that entered our realm.

  • Alongside the souls of the deceased, it was believed that various supernatural beings made their way to us as well.

  • But not all of them were good.

  • As such, people started carrying carved turnips and wearing costumes in a possible attempt to deter evil spirits.

  • Other Samhain customs included going from home to home to gather food, fuel, and offerings for the festival.

  • When the Roman Empire conquered Celtic territory later on, some of ancient rome's religious traditions, such as its festival of the dead, were incorporated into the celebration of Samhain.

  • Halloween has also been associated with Christianity because of All Hallows or All Saints Day on November 1st.

  • With All Souls Day falling on November 2nd, this holy period obliged religious Europeans to observe various traditions that were in practice as early as the 12th century.

  • For instance, to pray for souls trapped in Purgatory, the Impoverished went to their neighbors' homes for soul cakes that were baked for the occasion.

  • Meanwhile, those trying to hide from potentially vengeful spirits would dress up.

  • This tradition spread to North America through Irish and Scottish immigration in the 19th century.

  • It was here that the pumpkin eventually replaced the turnip as the Jack-o'-lantern.

  • Other objects connected with fall, like corn husks and scarecrows, were also adopted as decorations for the home during Halloween.

  • Thanks to its associations with spirits and the world beyond, Halloween has been linked to paranormal imagery and horror figures.

  • So, as trick-or-treating increased in popularity, many traditional Halloween costumes worn by children became supernatural in theme.

  • These days, costume choices have expanded to include famous people, pop culture characters, and more.

  • Today, instead of traveling to a neighbor's home for soul cakes or other offerings, the custom involves a request for sweets.

  • Normally reserved for kids, the practice of going door to door is usually accompanied by participants asking "trick-or-treat" when collecting their candy.

  • Playing pranks has also been historically associated with Halloween.

  • Adults celebrate by also donning costumes and attending Halloween parties.

  • Other common activities today include watching horror movies and sharing ghost tales.

  • Halloween is now a lucrative holiday as costumes, candy, and horror films are big business.

  • You'll likely be able to find a screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" to watch, but Halloween attractions, like haunted houses, hay rides, and more, are also available.

  • For Halloween costume and makeup ideas, head to for our easy and fun tutorial videos.

This holiday is also known as All Hallows Eve.

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The History of Halloween

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