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Origins of Halloween

Originally celebrated by the Celts over 2,000 years ago, Halloween was the time of year when harvests came to an end. The changing of seasons meant that cold weather was on its way and crops would go dormant for the winter.

This time of year also meant that food was in shortage and many people would not make it to the next year. In addition to the lack of food, the cold weather kept people indoors which is the perfect way to spread disease. Halloween signified the beginning of 'death season.'

The actual Halloween celebration on October 31st used to be an event with mixed emotions. On one hand, people would eat and drink in celebration of the successful summer they had. On the other hand, they were keenly aware that they were entering the time of year when times got tough.

The actual Halloween party celebrated by the Celts (although I doubt they called it a 'party' back then) involved eating, dancing around bonfires, and dressing up in animal skins. They'd also burn their crops and sacrifice animals to appease the Celtic deities.

Their costumes were meant to scare away the evil forces that would come during the winter and take the lives of those who couldn't last through the winter.

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