All hal­lows eve de­scends to­day

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

EX­PECT to see ghouls and ghosts wan­der­ing the streets tonight for it is Hal­loween.

The word Hal­loween is a short­en­ing of All Hal­lows’ Evening also known as Hal­lowe’en or All Hal­lows’ Eve.

Tra­di­tional ac­tiv­i­ties of Hal­loween in­clude trick-or-treat­ing, bon­fires, cos­tume par­ties, vis­it­ing "haunted houses" and carv­ing jack-o-lanterns.

The ori­gins of Hal­loween are be­lieved to be in the an­cient Celtic fes­ti­val known as Samhain, where the an­cient Gaelic cul­ture be­lieved that on Oc­to­ber 31, the bound­aries be­tween the worlds of liv­ing and dead over­lapped and the de­ceased would come back to life and wreak havoc.

Masks and cos­tumes were worn in an at­tempt to mimic the evil spir­its or ap­pease them.

Hal­loween’s pop­u­lar­ity is on the rise in Aus­tralia, with many more kids both big and small dress­ing for the oc­ca­sion and trick or treat­ing.

The Haunt­ing of Oak Beach is a pop­u­lar event in the re­gion, de­light­ing and scar­ing fam­i­lies ev­ery year.

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