This is Halloween!

Boys and girls of every age
Wouldn’t you like to see something strange?
Come with us and you will see,
This our town of Halloween!

– From “A Nightmare Before Christmas” by Tim Burton

Halloween is one of those things that’s pretty obvious.  It’s a spooky time of year when everything seems a little depressing – why not make it fun?  Yet any history of the holiday starts with ancient Celts and Romans and winds up … not entirely making sense.  How do we get from religious celebration to gorging ourselves on sugar?

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