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  • On Halloween night, people dress up in scary costumes and go trick-or-treating.

  • This custom is observed all over the world, but where does it come from?

  • Modern Halloween traditions originated in 1950s America, but the true origins of the festival and the practice of trick-or-treating are European.

  • The name Halloween is short forAll HallowsEve”—the evening before All HallowsDay, or All SaintsDay on November 1.

  • This day celebrates all the saints in the Christian calendar.

  • In medieval times, children would gosouling,” which meant children would go from door to door praying for dead souls.

  • As a reward, they would receive soul cakes, which are small cakes filled with sweet spices and dried fruits.

  • Many see this as the origin of trick-or-treating, but it doesn’t explain the costumes.

  • The idea of wearing costumes probably came from an ancient Celtic festival, Samhain.

  • This event was thought to be a time when ghosts and spirits came back to earth.

  • To protect themselves, children wentguising.”

  • This means they went in disguise by wearing scary costumes so evil spirits wouldn’t recognize them.

  • During Samhain, kids would go from house to house asking for food for feasts, fuel for bonfires, or offerings for the spirits.

  • In return, the houses would be blessed and protected from evil ghosts.

  • Thanks to the spread of American culture, trick-or-treating is now found in many parts of the world.

  • Though viewed with suspicion when the practice first appeared in other countries in the 1980s, it has now become a huge part of Halloween.

  • Make sure you have some treats set aside this year, or the evil spirits just might play a trick on you.

On Halloween night, people dress up in scary costumes and go trick-or-treating.

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