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What Halloween Has Become

Updated: November 3, 2008, 8:01 PM ET

Halloween has its origins in the Celtic festival known as Samhain, which is a festival on the end of the harvest season in Gaelic and Brythonic cultures. Samhain is also considered the Celtic New Year. In the time of ancient Celtic pagans, the festival was a time to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. Slaughter.

On October 31st, Gaels believed the boundary separating the living and the dead dissolved and allowed the dead to pass on diseases and damage ...

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