How Did The Victorians Celebrate Halloween?

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e6d7aa3712cdcff43968dd4fcfe96acbIn some ways Halloween is fairly recent phenomena, and incredibly old in others. The roots of this holiday we all know in love come from around 2,500 years ago in Celtic tradition. The festival of Samhain, or Summer’s End, was celebrated on October 31 and was all about the transition between seasons and preparations for the harvest. In later years, the powers that be in the Christian church sought to bring pagans into the fold and appropriate many of their traditions and celebrations in the Christian calendar. Thus October 31 became All Hallows Eve and November first turned into All Saints Day, both of which are holidays that have to do with prayer, death and ancestor/saint worship rather than the march of time.

Sometimes the games didn't go as planned... Sometimes the games didn’t go as planned…

In the Victorian era, Halloween was mostly celebrated in the UK, but it was gaining popularity in the US by…

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