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?