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All Saint's Day

All Saint's Day

Samhain, the Celtic peoples New Year's Day, was changed by the seventh century Pope Boniface IV to All Saint's Day, or All Hallows' Day. Later it was name Halloween.

European immigrants brought Halloween to the United States, but it only became more known in the 1800s, when Irish-American immigration increased.

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Halloween Costumes

Halloween Costumes

According to the American Folklife Center, Celts often wore costumes to confuse spirits. Celts also wore masks or blackened their faces to impersonate dead ancestors.

An early form of trick-or-treating involved Celts, costumed as spirits, to have moved from house to house, exchanging food ...

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Halloween Urban Legends

Halloween Urban Legends

Some Halloween spook stories continue to surface, although there is little substance behind it.

Examples include satanic cults that sacrifice black cats on Halloween. Another is candy tainted by poisons, needles, or razor blades. There are no substantiated reports of a child being kill...

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The Origins of Halloween

The Origins of Halloween

Halloween originated more than 2,000 years ago. Europe's Celtic people celebrated their New Year's Day on November 1.

On the eve - what we know as Halloween - spirits were believed to walk the Earth as they traveled to the afterlife.

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The celebration of Halloween was limited in colonial New England, but as the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups and the American Indians meshed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge.

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All Saints' Day

All Saints' Day

  • On May 13, 609 A.D., Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome in honor of all Christian martyrs and the Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day was established. Pope Gregory III later expanded the festival and moved the observance from May 13 to November 1.
  • The influence of Christ...

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