Halloween Fun

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As it is commonly known, Halloween is the night of October 31, the eve of all Saint’s Day. This popular holiday is celebrated by children who dress in costume and solicit candy or other treats door-to-door. This rather odd tradition dates back to the early All Soul’s Day parades in England where poor citizens would beg for food. Families would give the poor marching in the parades pastries called “soul cakes.” According to European and Celtic history, people would put on masks so that ghost would think that they were fellow spirits. People also put bowls of food on their porches and outside their homes to please the ghosts and keep them away from their homes. The tradition of carving pumpkins is a vestige of an Irish tradition of carving turnips and placing flights inside of them in order to scare off evil spirits during the traditional Samhein festival. Irish immigrants brought this tradition to America, where it was adapted for the native pumpkins. Be sure to have fun celebrating all of these fun traditions this Halloween season.

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