The ancient Celtic festival of Samhain marked the end of summer; when the doorway to the ‘otherworld’ was open and the ghosts of the dead returned to the realm of the living, bringing with them, the cold dark winter. The Celts lit bonfires and wore costumes to ward off the roaming spirits… this is the origin of Halloween. Roman conquerors added Pomona to the festival; symbolized by an apple, which explains the tradition of bobbing for apples. The potato famine brought immigrants and their Halloween traditions to the U.S. One tradition involved a girl gazing into a mirror to catch a glimpse of her future husband. Jack-o-lanterns evolved when pumpkins replaced potatoes and turnips. Americans began dressing up in costumes and going door to door to ask for food or money, starting the “trick or treat” tradition. Halloween continues to evolve, haunting festivals and celebrations around the world.
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