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Halloween isn't just about candy and costumes! It originated, in part, as a celebration connected with evil spirits and the dead. Later, popular Halloween traditions in the United States included trick-or-treating and festive decorations for greeting cards and windows.

Like other American holidays, Halloween customs evolved from a mix of traditions. The word “Halloween” comes from the name of a holiday from the 800s AD, called All Hallows’ Eve. This was the day and evening before All Saints’ Day, a holy day that was celebrated on November 1st. The origins of Halloween go back even further, however. Teach your class all about how the holiday evolved with this downloadable handout!

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