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Halloween History


Do you have a Halloween tradition? Maybe you carve faces on pumpkins. Or watch scary movies with your family.

Halloween customs started in Europe. They go back about 2,000 years. The holiday was a harvest celebration. Fall is harvest time. That is when farmers gather the crops they have grown. Also in the fall, ghosts were thought to appear. People dressed in costumes to scare them away.

Early settlers brought Halloween to North America. They carved faces in root vegetables to scare off ghosts. And they played tricks on one another.