The Jack-o'-lantern, a pumpkin with a candle inside, has its origins in Irish folklore. A man named Jack, denied entry to heaven and hell, wandered with a turnip lantern.
This traditions at Halloween trace back to the Celtic festival of Samhain. To evade spirits on the blurred boundary between the living and dead, masks and costumes were worn.
A beloved Halloween tradition, likely has roots in the medieval Christian practice of souling, where the poors get food or money in exchange for prayers for the dead souls.
Telling scary stories at Halloween has Celtic origins. People shared tales of supernatural beings to entertain and ward off evil spirits during the ancient festival of Samhain.
Bobbing for apples, a classic Halloween game, has ancient Roman origins, merged with Celtic Samhain traditions, symbolizing harvest celebrations.
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