Informative Essay On Halloween

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Mark Childs English 101 Ms. Down 9958 September 20, 2014 You know when I think of the holidays; I think of food and family, giving and receiving. Sure there are holidays that recognize certain people or events in history. I myself like one holiday in particular. When it’s okay to go out past curfew, eat tons of sweets, and dress up like anything that you want to be. Halloween the holiday that has shifted in the way it has been celebrated several times throughout history. American’s spend nearly 6 billion dollars annually; accounting for nearly one quarter of all candy consumption in the U.S. ( pg.2-5) Halloween, originating in Ireland was a Celtic festival holiday formally known as Samhain. This was the biggest and most significant holiday of the Celtic year. ( pg. 1) The Celts believed that at the time of Samhain, more so than any other time of the year; the ghosts of the dead were able to mingle with the living, because at Samhain the souls of those who had died during the year traveled into the otherworld. ( pg.1) Marking the end of the calendar year for the Celts they would begin their harvest and light huge bonfires to…show more content…
( pg.1) Children would dress up in crude mask made from bags going around begging house to house and if they were turned away sometime they would vandalize the person’s house that turned them away. Due to the sugar rationing during the Second World War; Trick-or-treating declined drastically. By the time the war was over and the housing boom took off trick-or-treating became very popular and has remained that way through today’s day and age. However, today’s society has made it reasonably safer by designating specific trick-or-treating hours to prevent a lot of Halloween mischief. Some areas have even created large indoor trick-or-treating scenarios in places like malls and

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