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Children everywhere think that Halloween is about candy, Trick-or-Treating, costumes, and all that stuff. But Halloween is a lot more than that. It is about beliefs and stories of the old Celtics. (see Old Times of Halloween for more information the Celtics) They used to sacrifice on this special day. This site area is dedicated to Halloween to explain those stories and the history of Halloween.
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Halloween started an ancient festival for the Celtic, the people who lived in the place we call today Europe. They lived almost 2,000 years ago, and were most populated in the Great Britain and Ireland. Back then, fall was the worst and the scariest time of the year. They did not celebrate the first day of fall like we do today back then. They thought that evil spirits pushed the sun away. But their worst day of fall was October 31, their New Year's Eve, known today as Halloween. It also marked the beginning of winter. To please their god, Samhain, on that horrible day, they would sacrifice other humans and animals. He was one of the many gods the Celts had. In the year 42, the Romans conquered, or took over, the Celtics. They had a goddess named Pomana. She was the goddess of fruit. It was the day right after Samhain's day. The Romans and the Celts got their holidays mixed up. Soon they became one festival. Today, those two holidays are Halloween and All Saint's Day, a holiday that we set aside to remember all of the saints that helped our world.
In the 1700s, the English came to America. They brought all of their holidays- including Halloween.
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wITCHES HAVE BEEN AROUND for many centuries to come. Witch used to be names for powerful men and women, but today they are just women. Men are today called wizards They started out as men or women called sorcerers. They were nice or pure evil. Some sorcerers would stop droughts while others would cause them. When there was no water in the wells, some sorcerers would fill them. They lived further back than the Celts did.
They would gather because of the devil's calling for a celebration. The witches would dance to a tune of a devil's pipe, made of chicken heads and cat tails.
Long ago witches were believed to be in black cat disguises.
Today they are in a form of a witch in front of a moon. They are the leaders of Halloween.