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The modern celebration of Halloween is derived the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain, which marked the end of Summer harvests and honoured the ancestors. It is believed that the veil between ThisWorld and the OtherWorld is the thinnest on Samhain.

Witches, broomsticks, cauldrons, black cats, ghosts, pumpkins, full moons and dressing up in costumes are associated with modern Halloween lore.


  1. I’ve heard of Sam Hill (used in exclamations as a euphemism for “hell” as in,
    “what in Sam Hill is that smell?”) but not Samhain. It appears there are some similarities.

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  2. Love the post, love the comments, love the artwork. First came the Celtic Samhain with bonfires and warding off ghosts, then Pope Gregory riffed off that celebration and made Nov. 1 All Saints’ Day. So, according to the Christian calendar, today is All Saints’ Day, Hallomas (Hallow Mass), the Feast of All Saints, or All Hallows’ Day, a celebration of the saints of the church and a day for remembering those who have gone before us. Yesterday was All Hallows’ Eve, now known by its contraction Hallowe’en. Yes, I agree, it is now just a day for eating too much sugar and drinking a little too much alcohol, as well. I’m sure everyone already knows this, but I’m a teacher, so…

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