Halloween is celebrated in much of the Western world, though most commonly in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Canada and sometimes in Australia and New Zealand. Irish, Scots and other immigrants brought older versions of the tradition to North America in the 19th century. Most other Western countries have embraced Halloween as a part of American pop culture in the late 20th century.
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History of Halloween

Like many of our most cherished holidays, the origins of Halloween are a curious mixture of religious history and popular folklore. The result is a day that marks the calendar in respect to piety and yet is celebrated in the best traditions of pagan superstition.

In the eight century the festival of All Saints' Day, or All Hallows' was universally observed by the Catholic Church. In the Middle Ages, however, the eve of All Saints' Day, or All Hallows' E'en, was believed to be the time of the year when witches and goblins were at thier most active and michievious and the spirits of the dead walked the earth.

All Hallows' E'en came to be marked by superstition, even in Christian households. In Ireland a special Hallows supper, colcannon, consisted of potatoes, parsnips, and onions. Before baking, a ring, a coin, and a thimble were added to the ingredients. The person whose portion contained the ring would supposedly be married within the year, the finder of the coin would receive great weatllth, and the one who found the thimble would never marry.

In the 1840's, thousands of Irish Citizens sought relief from a terrible potato famine by coming to the New World. They brought with them their All Hallows' E'en customs. "Hallowe'en" was widely seized upon by Americans as an opportunity for fun and frolic, and many beliefs from the Irish and Scottish became important American Halloween images: black cats, jack-o'lanterns, and mischief. The custom of small children venturing into the night to beg for candy can be traced to the 17th centurey. Back then, it was customary for IRish peasants to wander the streets on All Hallows' E''en, begging for money.

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Jack O' Lanterns originated in Ireland where candles were placed in hollowed-out turnips to keep away evil spirits.

Based on the discovery of seeds and pieces of rind left by Indian Tribes that inhabited the southwestern United States, it's believed that the pumpkin, a relative of cucumbers and melons, has supplied human nourishment for more than 7,000 years.

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The Jack-o-lantern custom probably comes from Irish folklore. As the tale is told, a man named Jack, who was notorious as a drunkard and trickster, tricked Satan into climbing a tree. Jack then carved an image of a cross in the tree's trunk, trapping the devil up the tree. Jack made a deal with the devil that, if he would never tempt him again, he would promise to let him down the tree.

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