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The version of trick or treating that we know today has been hugely influenced by US culture. While the practise of dressing up and calling door to door has waxed and waned over the centuries, its origins are thought to lie in Samhain. The Celts wore animal skins and masks to scare off evil spirits who were unleashed that night. People also left out food offerings for the spirits of their ancestors.
The bonfire also has origins in Samhain when Celtic druids would light a ritual bonfire as their year came to a close. Fading natural light, which provided food and warmth, was replaced with the man-made fire as the darkness closed in.
Families would extinguish their own home fires on the night before Samhain marking the end of the year and then rekindle them from the communal bonfire.
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