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Yup… The time has come for Halloween! Today I will talk about the history of this famous day of October 31st.

Halloween originated long ago: it was even used by the Celts in modern-day England! It was influenced by folk tales, and later was even influenced by Christianity. It is the evening before the Christian holy day of All Hallows’ Day, in remembrance of dead ones. The night before was called “All Hallow’s Eve”, which is where we get the Halloween name.

For the Day of the Dead, the skull is a traditional symbol and often made out of sugar Picture from: claresauntie.typepad.com

For the Day of the Dead, the skull is a traditional symbol and candy skulls made out of sugar are a popular treat.
Picture from: claresauntie.typepad.com

Halloween in some countries (including Mexico) is also known as the Day of the Dead, and is a time to remember those who have passed away. There are some symbols of Halloween, too. Pumpkins are one of them, and the carved pumpkin, called the Jack-O’-Lantern has a tale attached:  A man named Jack caught the Devil and made him promise not to ever take Jack’s soul. Jack lived a life of sin, and was denied access to Heaven after Death. However, the Devil kept his promise and refused him entry into Hell, so Jack roamed the Earth in the form of a pumpkin, looking for a place to stay forever. Halloween is also evidently focused on evil spirits, which have a lot to do with its symbols and customs!

I would imagine that the candy companies celebrate Halloween the most, probably because Halloween also has some customs; one of these is Trick-or-Treating, in which children dress up in various costumes and knock on other people’s doors in order to gain candy, usually telling them “Trick-or-Treat”. The usually idle “Trick” is if the person at the door refused them candy, in which the kids then destroy the person’s yard in retaliation. I myself am going Trick-or-Treating this year!

Halloween may have originated from folklore, but it has come a very long way to its present state. It is now a symbol of tradition, and in some countries still a holiday to remember the dead.

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