Local Halloween haunts to visit this season

By DENISE SEYFER

Witches fly on broomsticks, while ghosts and ghouls haunt graveyards and forests in the shadows of darkness on the eve of All Saints’ Day, the Catholic celebration of saints.

Children dress in costumes, knock and yell “trick or treat” as fire orange jack-o-lanterns sit illuminating the doorways. These are some of the ways in which Halloween is remembered and celebrated.

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Halloween has a history handed down through many years of tradition throughout the world. Known by some as All Hallows’ Eve, it is celebrated on Oct. 31.

Halloween ties to the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain which took place in Ireland nearly 2,000 years ago. People gathered around bonfires to celebrate the end of the harvest season.

Ancient pagans would also stock up on supplies for the winter.

It was believed that bonfires attracted insects, and the insects attracted bats. This is how, some say, bats became associated with Halloween.

According to History.com, Gaels believed that on Oct. 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life to cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops.

Masks and costumes were worn to scare the spirits away or, at least, appease them.

Whether Halloween is celebrated as a day for children to have fun and receive candy, as a time where all-things-scary reveal themselves, or as a time to celebrate the end of the harvest season, Halloween can be a time of togetherness in fear or in fun. Here are some local events to “scare” your scarves off.

 

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