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Illustration of a jack-o-lantern with a pink hat on a brown and yellow background with black text
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The modern Halloween holiday, also known as All Hallow's Eve in some Christian communities, has origins in the traditional Celtic pagan holiday Samhain, which is dedicated to celebrating and remembering the dead. It is celebrated on October 31st by individuals of all ages; children typically go trick-or-treating while teenagers and adults may attend parties or frequent haunted houses. Common Halloween symbols include jack-o-lanterns, black cats, witches, ghouls, and other spooky figures. Many individuals also celebrate All Saint's Day on November 1st, which focuses directly on deceased familial ancestors and friends, by visiting gravesites and leaving offerings for their loved ones.