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Halloween in Temple Bar Dublin,Ireland.<br />
Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting &quot;haunted houses&quot; and carving jack-o-lanterns. The term Halloween is shortened from All-hallow-even, as it is the eve of &quot;All Hallows' Day&quot;,[1] which is now also known as All Saints' Day. Some modern Halloween traditions developed out of older pagan traditions, especially surrounding the Irish holiday Samhain, a day associated both with the harvest and otherworldly spirits. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century. Halloween is now celebrated in several parts of the Western world. Celtic cultures, hold that Halloween is one of the liminal times of the year when spirits can make contact with the physical world, and when magic is most potent.<br />
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Pictures James Horan