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There’s no trick, only treat in faith

Published 10/30/2011, for Lake County News Chronicle

In case you don’t already know the origin of Halloween, here’s how it came to be. During the Middle or Dark Ages, many people believed that a lord of death sent evil spirits into animals to play terrible tricks on people. To frighten the spirits away, they wore scary disguises, built bonfires, and sometimes even burned animals in the fires because they believed this would appease the spirits. Sometimes treats were set out in the hope that the spirits would stay away. Nowadays, we might see these beliefs as silly superstitions.

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