What is Halloween?
Today, Halloween is all about ghosts and witches, haunted houses, spooky superstitions, dressing up in costume, trick-or-treating, and watching our favorite horror films. While Halloween has been commercialized, most modern-day Halloween traditions can actually be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The festival was celebrated on October 31, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth for the night – a belief that remains at the core of this spooky holiday.
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When is Halloween?
October 31 of each year.
How do people celebrate Halloween?
Halloween celebrations include trick-or-treating for candy, dressing up in costumes, visiting haunted houses, throwing costumes parties or Halloween costume contests, telling ghost stories and carving pumpkins.
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Sources: history.com, timeanddate.com