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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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Halloween: costumes, history, myths, and more

nationalgeographic.com

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Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, in the area that is now Ireland.  On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes.

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