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History of Halloween

The pinnacle of spooky season is officially upon us, but where did the traditions of costumes and treat or treating originate? Halloween derives from ancient Celtic festivals that honored the relationship between the living and the dead. The Celtic festival Samhain marked the transition between summer and winter, a time period when the Celtics believed the dead could return to the land of the living. During Samhain, people would wear costumes to fight off ghosts and lit bonfires for sacrifices to the deities. Now, thousands of years later, the holiday has evolved into a candy-filled celebration that honors the dead. Happy Halloween!

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