Ghosts, goblins and ghouls. Witches, black cats and broomsticks. Princesses, fairies and queens. Vampires, zombies and Elvira. If it exists (and even if it doesn’t) Halloween is a time to dress up in costume as anyone or anything that your creative brain dreams up.
Halloween is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. Halloween begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs and all the faithful departed believers.
According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain. Other scholars maintain that Halloween originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.
Festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, lighting…
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