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Elementary Library: Halloween

Halloween, also called All Hallows’ Eve, takes place on 31 October. It is a time when people dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating and carve jack-o’-lanterns from hollowed-out pumpkins. Several ancient festivals held in the autumn helped create the holiday that exists today.

In ancient times, the holiday was marked by customs started by pagans, who were people who did not believe in one god. It was believed that on the last night of October, the spirits of the dead roamed the Earth. To scare them away, the pagans lit bonfires. (Britannica)

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Bet you didn't know. It's one of America's favorite holidays, but what's the real story behind the tricks and treats of Halloween?

This is Halloween. Scene from Tim Burton's film "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993). Jack Skellington and the residents of Halloween Town sing the classic scary Halloween song.

Silly Symphonies - The Skeleton Dance. The "dance of death" is a musical composition based on a medieval legend according to which Death appears at midnight on Halloween.

Danse macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns. The "dance of death" is a musical composition based on a medieval legend according to which Death appears at midnight on Halloween.

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