#Throwback Thursday: The History of Halloween

by Sarah Berry

With Halloween around the corner, here’s some history on the origins of Halloween in a post by C.S.

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Halloween is almost here. People will soon be carving pumpkins, dressing up, trick-or-treating, and getting more candy than they can eat. And in the midst of all the Halloween celebrations, many people will be telling ghost stories.

While the traditions of dressing up and trick-or-treating have a few possible origins, the origins of Halloween ghost stories are rather consistent. Halloween began in ancient Britain and Ireland with Samhain, a Celtic festival. Samhain was observed on October 31, at the end of summer. According to CBN.com (information taken from Encyclopaedia Britannica):

“The souls of the dead were supposed to revisit their homes on this day and the autumnal festival acquired sinister significance, with ghosts, witches, goblins, black cats, fairies and demons of all kinds said to be roaming about. It was the time to placate the supernatural powers controlling the processes of nature. In addition, Halloween was thought to be…

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