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History of Halloween in America: The Origins of These Spooky Iconic Traditions May Surprise You


Dressing up in costumes, carving pumpkins, and going door-to-door asking your local neighbors for candy are all staples of Halloween. While engorging on chocolaty goodness and watching your favorite horror flicks during the month of October, you may even start to wonder where these classic traditions come from...

Though Max Dennison may remind everyone that Halloween was “invented by the candy companies” (we love a good Hocus Pocus reference!), its origins are much more ancient. Halloween has been linked to that of the Celtic holiday of Samhain, which is held on Oct. 31. The day celebrates the one time of year where the veil between the living and the dead lifts and spirits are able to roam free.