A Haunted Past

As the fall season approaches, Halloween is a holiday that many people look forward to each year. The act of trick-or-treating started in the Middle Ages as people went from home to home to try to get food in exchange for prayers given by the homeowner. It soon started to develop into only going to homes to ask for food and candy. Now, children go out on Halloween to ring doorbells to get tricks and treats from neighborhood homes as well as churches and schools that hold festivals. The owl is an animal that was associated with Halloween because people thought that it was a symbol related to a witch. Now, the holiday is often associated with black cats and pumpkins. The holiday is the third most popular day for parties behind New Year’s and the Superbowl. Some believe that a spider seen on Halloween is the spirit of a loved one who has passed away. Although pumpkins are the most popular item on Halloween and are usually orange, there are no words that rhyme with orange. The colors orange and black are associated with Halloween because of the Middle Ages and the festivals that were held as well as the elements of darkness.

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