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Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating and carving jack-o-lanterns.Around the world, as days grow shorter and nights get colder, people continue to usher in the season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.Parties focused on games, foods of the season and festive costumes.Parents were encouraged by newspapers and community leaders to take anything “frightening” or “grotesque” out of Halloween celebrations.It’s widely believed today that the church was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related church-sanctioned holiday.All Souls Day was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels and devils.

Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees.The symbol of Pomona is the apple, and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of “bobbing” for apples that is practiced today on Halloween. 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 in the Western church.Halloween is an annual holiday, celebrated each year on October 31, that has roots in age-old European traditions.It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers than about ghosts, pranks and witchcraft.

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