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“In ancient Britain and Ireland, the Celtic Festival of Samhain (pronounced Sahween) was observed on October 31. The souls of the dead were supposed to revisit their homes on this day and the autumnnal festival acquired sinister significance, with ghost, witches  goblins, black cats, fairies and demons of all kinds said to be roaming about.

7 in 10 Americans (170 Million) celebrated Halloween in 2012, spending on average $80 per person on decoration, candy, and costumes.
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Wicca author Thomas Horn claims there are 200,000 registered witches in America and 8 million unregistered, yet practicing.  He and The Witch School claim that in the next decade Wicca will become the third largest religion in America (Christianity and Islam) and that Witch teachers are in demand to train the upcoming generation.

 

It was the time to placate the supernatural powers controlling the processes of nature. In addition, halloween was thought to be the most favorable time for divinations concerning marriage, luck, health, and death. It was the only day on which the help of the devil was invoked for such purposes.” Was that historical background taken from Christian research or literature? No, that bit of information was according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. Before the late 18th and early 19th century, wise folk stayed indoors on this devilish night. Today many who call themselves Christians make it a night of costume and fun. Pagan celebrations have invaded the church and the paraphernalia and practices are not just seen on Halloween but at Christmas and Easter as well.