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Halloween

– Adhiyan Bharathiraja

The month of October is a special month. It holds the wonderful day that is most famously known as halloween. It does go by many names like Hallow’een, All Hallows Evening, Allhalloween, All Hallow’s Eve, or All Saints Eve. 

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We are pretty sure of its origin, and  it’s definitely fun! Christians believed that many spirits and ghosts went door to door, spooking and scaring people. Then, people came up with the idea to dress up as ghosts to scare the real ghosts away, which really doesn’t make that much sense, right! Kids really loved it so they started dressing up more frequently than adults. And since all good kids love to scare people, they went around houses pretending to be ghosts and stealing people’s candy. Who knows maybe a real ghost might show up one day!

You might be looking forward to this part a little more than most people, and, now that I know the history too, I would be just as excited! Jack-O’-lanterns have a rather Irish origin. If you have a campfire or maybe a fireplace, you might want to sit close by, because I am about to give you a small slice of the ‘Pumpkin Pie’ of Stingy Jack. 

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A man named Jack who was very drunk went to bargain with the devil. But  he ended up a mindless zombie who still roams Ireland today, cursed with nothing but an emptied out turnip that had a small fire lit inside it’s hollow body. This caused the first Jack-O’-lanterns to be… well… you guessed it, turnips. Irish travelers spread this legend all across the world and slowly, the concept of the lantern being a bigger and tougher vegetable spread, so the pumpkin Jack-O’-lantern was invented.

 

Light up your pumpkin and have a Happy Halloween!

Adhiyan Bharathiraja is an eight-year-old third grader from Sebastian Questa Elementary School, Mountain House (Lammersville School District). He has been blogging from the age of six on https://adhoosberry.blogspot.com. He is interested in fields of writing and science. 


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