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    The Haunted History of Halloween

    BY: PAIGE GREENE According to the History Channel, ( the holiday we know today as

    Halloween is a mix of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals and European folk traditions. In particular, the Celtic holiday of Samhain, the Catholic Hallowmas period of Saintsʼ Day and All Soulsʼ Day and the Roman festival of Feralia have influenced Halloween. The Celts of Ireland celebrated the holiday of Samhain which marked the end of harvest. It was considered a day where this world and the underworld overlapped. During the Catholic Hallowmas period saints known and unknown were honored. The Roman festival Feralia was a festival to honor dead ancestors. Eventually Halloween began to lose its religious association and to evolve into what we know it as today.

    Halloween came to America through European immigrants who brought their traditions with them. The first Halloween celebrations were public events meant to celebrate the harvest, where neighbors would share stories of the dead and tell each otherʼs fortunes. By the middle of the 1800s, annual fall festivals were common, but Halloween wasnʼt celebrated everywhere. Later, in the late 1800s, there was a move to make Halloween into a holiday based more on community than superstitions. By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a community holiday with parades and had lost all religious association. By 1950 the old practice of trick- or-treating had been revived. Since then Halloween has continued to grow and evolve. Currently, Americans spend an estimated $6.9 billion annually on Halloween and one quarter of all candy sold annually is purchased for Halloween.

    Having trouble finding something to do this Halloween? Here is what some students at Seekonk High School have planned for this spooky Holiday:

    “Trick or Treating...for realz.” -David Daniel

    “Have a great night with those I care about, and watch Randy Mossʼ first game back to Gillette Stadium as a viking.” -Rob Fontaine

    “Watching scary movies with friends.” -Demi Leite

    “I plan to throw candy in any open or unroofed cars and yell “Happy Halloween!” to anyone who doesnʼt give me candy because no one tricks anymore.” - Maribel Tavares

    “Eating mounds of candy and watching old horror movies.” -Anne Ransom

    “I donʼt have any.” -Mr. Crippen

    “Go to Savers, buy a mask, and do something super cool with my friends.” -Matt Bizier day-of-deadwhats-it-all-about-anyway.html

    What are SHS Students Doing This Halloween? BY: ASHLEY SILVERMAN chocolatessweets/old-time-candy/ candy-corn.html