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History of Halloween

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Victoria Popowitz

on 29 October 2013

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This festival was a celebration of the end of harvest season
History of Halloween
By: Victoria Popowitz
Trick-or-treating resembles late medieval practice of "souling"
Halloween also became more child friendly.
Halloween became a popular custom during the 1930s.
Originates from the ancient Celtic Festival Samhain (pronounced "sah-win"
Halloween is short for All Hallows' Eve
The festival regularly involved bonfires
Costumes and masks were used to imitate wicked spirits or to calm them
Trick-or-treating in America was not documented before the 1900s
Jack-o-lanterns were originally hallowed out turnips.
Owls were thought to be witches in Medieval Europe.
It was very easy to scare people into obedience by killing "witches"
People accused of witchcraft during the late 1400s, were tried and executed gruesomely in public.
Trick-or-treating expanded from the western to the eastern United States, however it was stalled by sugar rationing that had begun in April 1942 during World War II. It didn't end until June 1947.
During that time, it became more about the treats than the tricks.
The Witches
The witches we know today are old, ugly, and hook-nosed.
They also have green skin, black cats, a pointy hat, and wear all black.
The idea of strong intelligent women did not sit well with the powerful religious men.
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