What is Halloween?

Halloween has evolved greatly even in the last 40 or so years that I have been alive. Halloween today conjures up thoughts of ghost stories, parties in horror costumes and children knocking on doors saying 'trick or 'treat?' For ghost hunting enthusiasts it is perceived that all its rituals summons the afterlife to walk the earth for us to interact with but is that really the case? The history of Halloween is not entirely known but is thought to have derived from an ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (Sahwin) over 3000 years ago. Samhain was a time when the ancient pagans would ask druid priests to pray for them as they took harvest of their stock in preparation for the long winter.

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