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  Everyone is familiar with the yearly tradition of dressing up and going door to door trick-or-treating on Halloween, but how did this come to be?

  About 2,000 years ago, the Celtics,  living in what is now Ireland, had a festival celebrating the start of the new year on November 1st. October 31st was known as the day when the spirit and human world were thought to to collide.

  Townspeople left food on their doorstep to keep spirits away. They also wore masks when venturing outside their houses, as to blend in with the supposed ghosts roaming their streets.

  During the second century, the Christian church created a religious holiday the day after called All Hallows. They then referred to the day of the Celtic festival as All Hallows Eve. Gradually, the name evolved into Halloween.

   In the nineteenth century, Irish and Scottish immigrants in America revived their old tradition of trick-or-treating in this new country. Originally, tricks and other hijinks were performed. Later, the act of trick or treating changed to be family oriented.

Children dressed up in costume, going house to house, asking for candy. Many of the gruesome aspects of Halloween were taken out and replaced with child friendly concepts.

Now, Halloween is a highly commercialized holiday in which businesses earn over six billion dollars annually  between the selling of costumes and candy. Who knows what this holiday may morph into next?

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7 Responses to “History? Booooo”

  1. victoria tran on October 9th, 2017 11:53 am

    i love halloween. good article

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  2. Colby hurdle on October 9th, 2017 11:53 am

    Easy to read article and a great title!

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  3. Scarlet Edwards on October 9th, 2017 11:55 am

    Such a cute title!! I appreciate how in-depth this article goes.

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  4. Toni Hernandez on October 9th, 2017 11:55 am

    I liked the information at the end about businesses getting so much money each Halloween 👻

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  5. Bobby Almand on October 9th, 2017 11:55 am

    I thought this was a very well researched article and I think it was very well written

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  6. Natalia on October 9th, 2017 11:57 am

    I never knee the origins of Halloween. There’s always been people saying that it was a “day of evil”, but I never put in the time to actually find out what it’s about. Doesn’t seem to bad to me 😂

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  7. Ai-Vi allred on October 9th, 2017 12:00 pm

    I didn’t know this about Halloween, it makes it less scary 🙂

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