Halloween is steeped in lore, legend, and history. From its beginnings in Samhain (Saa-wn), to the subsequent adoption by the Catholic Church of November 1st as All Saints’ Day, Halloween has long been considered the day when the veil between the living and the dead was lifted. In Colonial America, the Puritans did not celebrate Halloween, but further south, in Maryland, the telling of ghost stories became commonplace. In the 1800s as more Irish immigrants settled in America, trick-or-treating was adopted, along with dressing up in costumes, and the creation of jack-o-lantern (1). Slasher films, starting with Black Christmas, became popular in 1974, coincidentally in the same year, Ronald Clark O’Bryan gave his son candy laced with cyanide. He was called the man who ruined Halloween, and to this day, parents still check candy to try to detect tampering. Ok on to the show…
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