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The History of Halloween America is a melting pot of cultures from all over the world A nation of people from many lands our holidays tend to blend bits and pieces from different traditions into one American celebration Halloween is one of the best examples of a holiday with a rich heritage of blending We know Halloween as a time when children dress up in scary masks and costumes prowling the streets at night in search of candy and excitement How did Halloween get started Where did all of this dressing up come from and whose idea was it to reward each masquerader with a treat Halloweens origins date back to the Celts who lived in what is now known as England northern France and Ireland It was the Celts who traditionally celebrated a holiday called Samhain pronounced Sah-wen According to Denise Stout Samhain was celebrated on the night before the New Year began marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the cold winter26 It was believed that on this night witches and ghosts ruled and that the souls of the dead would rise again to visit places where they had lived Denise Stout stated The Celts built huge fires to frighten the witches away but food and lanterns were set out in order to welcome the ghosts and dead souls27 Later when Roman conquerors combined their own celebration of the dead with Samhain November 1 was officially named as All Saints or All Hallows Day the evening before All Hallows Even in the 800s According to Denise Stout Despite the churches attempt to sway the people to the contrary tradition and myth prevailed people kept to their beliefs in the wandering of the dead on this evening 27 This is probably how ghosts came to be associated with Halloween Pagan ideas and customs still remained however People in Ireland thought that ghosts and spirits roamed the earth on
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