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PostSubject: Halloween    Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:32 pm

Halloween (a shortening of All Hallows Evening), also known as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve, is a yearly holiday observed around the world on October 31, the night before All Saints' Day. Much like Day of the Dead celebrations, the Christian feast of All Hallows' Eve, according to some scholars, incorporates traditions from pagan harvest festivals and festivals honouring the dead, particularly the Celtic Samhain; other scholars maintain that the feast originated entirely independently of Samhain. Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (also known as "guising"), attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, watching horror films, as well as the religious observances of praying, fasting and attending vigils or church services

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:41 pm


Snap-Apple Night (1832) by Daniel Maclise.
Depicts apple bobbing and divination games at a Halloween party in Blarney, Ireland.

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:45 pm

Development of artifacts and symbols associated with Halloween formed over time. For instance, the carving of jack-o'-lanterns springs from the Christian souling custom of carving turnips into lanterns as a way of remembering the souls held in purgatory. The turnip has traditionally been used in Ireland and Scotland at Halloween, but immigrants to North America used the native pumpkin, which is both much softer and much larger making it easier to carve than a turnip. Subsequently, the mass marketing of various size pumpkins in autumn, in both the corporate and local markets, has made pumpkins universally available for this purpose. The American tradition of carving pumpkins is recorded in 1837 and was originally associated with harvest time in general, not becoming specifically associated with Halloween until the mid-to-late 19th century

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:53 pm

Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, "Trick or treat?" The word "trick" refers to a (mostly idle) "threat" to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. In some parts of Scotland children still go guising. In this custom the child performs some sort of trick, i.e. sings a song or tells a ghost story, to earn their treats.
The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays dates back to the Middle Ages and includes Christmas wassailing. Trick-or-treating resembles the late medieval practice of souling, when poor folk would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1), receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls' Day (November 2). It originated in Ireland and Britain, although similar practices for the souls of the dead were found as far south as Italy. Shakespeare mentions the practice in his comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593), when Speed accuses his master of "puling [whimpering or whining] like a beggar at Hallowmas."

Trick-or-treating in Sweden

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:59 pm


Halloween in Yonkers, New York, US

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:05 pm


People dressed in Halloween Costumes in Dublin.

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:37 pm


Workers put up Halloween decorations on the north lawn of the White House on Oct. 28, 2011, in Washington, D.C.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will be hosting guests at the White House to celebrate Halloween.

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:39 pm


Fake spider webs, pumpkins and gourds are seen along the driveway as Halloween decorations
are set up on the North Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 28, 2011.

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:29 pm


First Lady Michelle Obama jumps for joy as she sees a child in costume
while waiting for trick-or-treaters with President Barack Obama and her mother
Marian Robinson on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC., on Oct. 29, 2011.

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:31 pm


President Barack Obama hugs a costumed child as first lady Michelle Obama looks on
as they offer treats to trick-or-treaters to celebrate Halloween on the North Portico of the White House on Oct. 29, 2011.

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:32 pm


President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama offer treats to trick-or-treaters
to celebrate Halloween on the North Portico of the White House on Oct. 29, 2011.

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:35 pm


First Lady Michelle Obama hugs a costumed child as President Barack Obama offers treats to
trick-or-treaters to celebrate Halloween on the North Portico of the White House on Oct. 29, 2011.

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:36 pm


President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and the first lady's mother Marian Robinson,
offer treats to trick-or-treaters on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 29, 2011.

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:38 pm


President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama offer treats to trick-or-treaters
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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:40 pm


A costumed greeter dressed as Spiderman plays with a young trick-or-treater dressed
as the same character at the White House to celebrate Halloween on Oct. 29, 2011.

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:45 pm


Costumed greeters welcome trick-or-treaters to the the White House to celebrate
Halloween on Oct. 29, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:48 pm


Costumed greeters welcome trick-or-treaters to the the White House to celebrate
Halloween on Oct. 29, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:03 am


Tim Nelson, who is dressed as the Transformer Barricade, "transforms" on Franklin Street
in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011.

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:04 am


A fan dressed for Halloween looks on during the game between the San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on October 31, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:08 am


Costumed for Halloween Occupy Wall Street supporters trick-or-treat as people pass by
at Zuccotti Park in New York, October 31, 2011.

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:09 am


Cheerleaders for the Tennessee Titans dressed in halloween costumes for the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at LP Field on October 30, 2011, in Nashville, Tennessee.

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:11 am


Costumed participants in the Village Halloween Parade pose for photographs as they make their way up Sixth Avenue Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 in New York. The annual Halloween Parade kicked off Monday evening. Anyone in costume is welcome to march in the event, which goes up Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street.

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:13 am


Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, dressed as Gomez Addams of of "The Addams Family," center, and First Lady Cheri Daniels, dressed as Morticia Addams, second left, pose for photos as Halloween trick-or-treaters come by the Governor's Residence Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 in Indianapolis. "Thing" sits in the Governor's shoulder. This is the seventh consecutive year that the Governor and First Lady have dressed up to hand out candy, this year provided by four Indiana businesses. Others posing are Ben Ledo as "Uncle Fester," and Adam Horst as "Lurch."

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:22 am


Maria Pilar gives out candy to children from Day Nursery of Abilene at the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, in Abilene, Texas.

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PostSubject: Re: Halloween    Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:24 am


Nelson Figueroa and Diego Pilone stop to pose for a photo with Luna Lozano during a Halloween street party on Lincoln Road, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, in Miami Beach, Fla.

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