Everyone knows that Halloween falls on October 31st in North America and various other parts of the world, bringing with it trick-or-treating, costume parties, pumpkin carving, bonfires, apple bobbing, haunted houses and stories of witches, ghosts and ghouls. But did you know the haunted history of children and adults everywhere favorite holiday??

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Ancient Origins:
The ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (Sow-In), marked the transition from summer to winter and was the day of their harvest. The Celtic New Year was on November 1st, and on October 31st the day before, the Celtics believed the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. Among other things the Celtics would wear ghoulish costumes so that wandering spirits would mistake them for one of their own and leave them alone. This would later become one of the basis for our costume wearing on Halloween today!

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In another part of the world around November 1st, the Romans celebrated Pamona, named after the goddess of gardens and fruits,where they would lay out apples and nuts to thank Pamona for a bountiful harvest, today's practice of bobbing for apples comes from this celevbration. By 50bc the Romans had conquered much of northern Europe spreading Pamona to the land of Samhain and the two traditions merged giving us the stepping stone for our modern Halloween traditions.

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In the 7th century: the Vatican merged Samhain with a church sanctioned holiday. All Saints Day, which honored martyrs and the deceased faithful. The day before All Saints Day, October 31st, became Hallows Eve, eventually becoming what we today know as Halloween.

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