TIL that Halloween, as it’s celebrated in modern times in the United States, is a result of intermingled traditions from immigrants based on Samhain, Pomona Day, and Day of the Dead.

Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/halloween-owes-its-tricks-and-treats-celtic-new-years-eve-180960944/

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  1. Among other things. Trick-or-treating is a somewhat diluted and commercialized blend of the medieval traditions of mumming (in which traveling bands of costumed actors would show up and preform short plays on important religious feasts, such as Christmas and All Saint’s Eve) and almsing (in which the poor would go door-to-door to receive candied fruits and luxurious pastries), the former of which is also a predecessor to caroling on Christmas.

  2. And it (along with All Saints Day and All Solds Day) is to get Americans into the right frame of mind for electing who is going to be their next President

    >In the United States, Election Day is the annual day set by law for the general elections of federal public officials. It is statutorily set by the Federal Government as “the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November”[1] equaling the Tuesday occurring within November 2 to November 8.

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