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Halloween

LAYSHA ARAIZA

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Who doesn’t love Halloween? Were you can dress up as ghouls and monsters or just be whatever you want be for a whole day, going door to door and getting free candy and eating it. Well it wasn’t always like that in this article you will learn how it all began, the Great Depression, and something that everyone loves the candy.

                                            How It Began

It all started 2000 years ago, there were these people known as the Celts who lived in what is now Ireland, The United Kingdom and northern France on Samhain. They thought that the barrier between our world and the world of ghosts and spirits had gotten really thin, so their people would gather around bonfires and light them up, offer sacrifices and pay homage to the deceased hoping to scare them away. Poor people would visit the wealthier families and receive pastries called soul cakes in exchange for a promise and a pray for the souls of the homeowners dead relatives. Which was known as souling, the practice was later taken up by children, who would go from door to door asking for gifts such as food, money and ale. In Scotland and Ireland, young people took part in a tradition called guising, dressing up in costume and accepting offerings from various households. Rather than praying for someone’s relative dead soul, they would sing a song, recite a poem, tell a joke or perform some other kind of trick before collecting their treat. Which usually was fruits, nuts, coins, or another small thing.

                                    The Great Depression

The Great Depression had slowed down a lot of people and companies but kids were to busy planning for Halloween. Most of the candy companies had slowed down during that event so not a lot of candy was sold. During that time at school during October teachers would let you skip or not listen in class if you were planning something to celebrate Halloween. Pranks were more popular and adults were onto it too. But during that time they thought that is was mischief and that it involved vandalism, physical assaults and sporadic acts of violence. There is a theory that all of the pranks that were being pulled off on Halloween or on the month of October led to a widespread adaptation that organized which was the outbreak of the World War two.

                                               Candy

Something that everyone loves is the candy, which is kind of the only reason kids go trick or treating, probably more than getting dressed up. On Halloween for candy industries was a nightmare and well also good, during October, yes they sold a lot which was a good thing but also came around problems that would slow down the company. While candy companies tried to stay out of trouble parents tried to keep their kids out of trouble. Instead of Halloween it was nick named or called candy day then renamed sweet day. Trick or treating didn’t actually take off until 1930 because a lot of kids preferred candy then the things they used to get and it was a high quantity of candy for a low cost, in 1950 is when the different households actually gave out candy. Now Halloween is mostly known for its candy and costumes, and Americans now buy 600 million pounds of candy and for comparison the titanic weighed about 100 million so imagine six titanic’s is how much candy we buy each year.

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