The traditions of Irish immigrants in America evolved into the secular holiday known as Halloween during the late 1800s and early 1900s. What Celtic holiday influenced the origins of Halloween?

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Halloween's name has roots in All Hallows Even or the Eve of All Hallows, Hallows being the original name for All Saints Day, which honors saints in heaven. Which Pope moved All Saints Day from May 13 to November 1?

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The day before Halloween, October 30, is usually known as "Devil’s Night" or "Mischief Night" because:

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The carved pumpkin is derived from the European tradition of carving turnips and potatoes. An Irish legend known as "Stingy Jack" or "Jack of the Lantern" tells of a man who tricked the devil from collecting his soul. After he died, he was condemned to:

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During the mid-17th century, "jack o'lantern" was the nickname for:

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One possible origin for wearing costumes on Halloween is from the Celtic tradition of wearing masks outside on Samhain. The masks were worn to:

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Another possible origin for costumes came from the medieval French Catholic tradition of performing allegory plays on All Souls Day. People wore costumes that represented different social circles--kings to beggars--being led to the grave by Death. The plays, and the paintings based on them, became known as:

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Where did the tradition of "trick-or-treating" get started?

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Before bobbing for apples became a fun Halloween tradition, superstitious apple-related traditions were practiced during 18th century Britain to predict marriages. One apple-related tradition was:

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Mexico's version of All Souls Day is the Day of the Dead, where altars and graves are decorated to welcome the dead back to earth. What are three items used as decorations for the altars?

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