Halloween hasn't always been about kids collecting as much parental-sanctioned sugar as they can. It's actually far creepier than that.

Halloween, as it’s observed today, seems to fill two primary voids absent the rest of the calendar year. One, it’s a socially acceptable excuse for youngsters to dress up in ridiculous outfits that are made adorable by the youthfulness of the wearers who then panhandle door-door for as much sugar as possible. Two, it’s a socially acceptable excuse for adults to dress up in ridiculous outfits that are made slightly creepier by the advanced age of the wearers, who then drunkenly bar-hop looking for as much alcohol as possible. For over 2,ooo years Halloween has been morphing from its pagan origins of the Celtic Festival of Samhain observed in Britain and Ireland, often used as a communal effort to prepare for the upcoming winter season.


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