Halloween

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Halloween

  1. 1. Halloween Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). On the night of October 31st, the Celts celebrated Samhain. It was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. As European immigrants came to America, they brought their varied Halloween customs with them.
  2. 2.  The American Halloween tradition of "trick-or-treating" probably dates back to the early All Souls' Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called "soul cakes" in return for their promise to pray for the family's dead relatives.  Between 1920 and 1950, the centuries-old practice of trick-or-treating was revived. Trick-or-treating was a relatively inexpensive way for an entire community to share the Halloween celebration. In theory, families could also prevent tricks being played on them by providing the neighborhood children with small treats.
  3. 3.  Halloween is a holiday geared towards children. Around the age of 15, Americans are too old to “Trick-or-Treat.” In this episode of “Pete & Pete,” a conflict arises when the older brother is too ashamed to be seen “trick-or-treating.”

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