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HalloweenTrick or Treating ~ All Soul's March ~ Samhain ~ In Scotland ~ Hauntings
People across the world dress up as monsters, princesses or their favorite movie star for the holiday called "Halloween" -- a contracted version of "All Hallows Eve," on the eve of All Saints Day (November 1).
The observance as we know it began in 5th century Celtic Ireland, where summer officially ended on October 31. The Celts are said to have believed that the laws of space and time were suspended during this day, allowing spirits of the dead to intermingle with the living. Some disembodied spirits would even try to possess living bodies.
On Halloween, the Celts would extinguish the fires in their homes, dress up in a ghoulish garb, and parade around the village in order to make themselves and their homes look as undesirable as possible in order to keep to the disembodied spirits away.
An ancient Celtic holiday celebrating the dark season -- “Samhain” -- was one of the inspirations for the holiday now known as Halloween. Samhain was celebrated three days before and three days after November 1.
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