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When people think of Halloween they think of costumes candy and possibly death When people think about Day of the Dead they think that it is like Halloween Those people are wrong Halloween is very different from the Day of the Dead in many different ways The day of the Dead is when Mexicans honor the dead by placing food and drink on their graves Halloween is mostly a candy giving holiday nowadays Halloween is a Christian holiday even though most people have forgotten The Celtics believed that on Halloween all of the spirits that had died the year before would come back to possess the living To discourage being possessed the Celtics extinguished all of the fires in their houses dressed up like ghouls and goblins and caused as much mayhem as possible This was to frighten to spirits that wanted to take over their bodies The Romans adopted the customs in early AD The Romans customs varied a little bit They also honored one of their goddesses in October The goddesss symbol was the apple Some people believe that this is where we got the tradition of bobbing for apples One of our traditions is to carve Jack-O-Lanterns This came about from the Irish The Irish have a story about a man named Jack who was a drunk and a trickster Jack tricked the devil into climbing up a tree When the devil did this Jack carved a cross into the tree trapping the devil there Jack wouldnt let the devil down until the devil promised never to tempt Jack again When Jack died his soul was denied access to heaven because of his evil ways Jack was also denied access to hell because he tricked the devil The devil gave him a small ember to light his way The ember was put inside of a turnip to make it brighter When the Irish people came over to America they
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