“Anyone could see that the wind was a special wind this night, and the darkness took on a special feel because it was All Hallows’ Eve. Everything seemed cut from soft black velvet or gold or orange velvet. Smoke panted up out of a thousand chimneys like the plumes of funeral parades. From kitchen windows drifted two pumpkin smells: gourds being cut, pies being baked.” ― Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree

The holiday of Halloween as we know it today has roots that stretch back to ancient times. A few of the favorite aspects of Halloween are also modern takes on these original customs. Since Halloween is this Thursday, we share with you some history about the holiday and bit about the mid-autumn celebrations observed by other cultures.

Samhain, the ancient Celtic pagan festival, was the precursor to Halloween

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day

“The Fantasy and Folklore of All Hallows,” a podcast and lecture by Jack Santino for the Library of Congress

“10 Great Halloween Celebrations in the U.S.” from National Geographic

“How Trick-or-Treating Became a Halloween Tradition”

In Pictures: Halloween costumes through the decades

“Turnip Jack-o’-Lanterns are the Root of All Evil”

@ Alabama Chanin

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