The History Of Halloween

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We dive into the spooky and surprising history of one of America's favorite holidays.
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American Halloween Celebrations
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Halloween
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The Landing of the Pilgrims, by Rothermel, at Plymouth Rock (Mass, U.S.A.)
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Pillory 1888 Drawing
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Halloween Party
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Halloween Trick
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Game Of Bob Apple
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Halloween Party
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Trick Or Treat
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Freddy Krueger From 'A Nightmare On Elm Street'
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Bobbing For Apples
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The Exorcist
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Frankenstein Monster
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Movie poster for 'Cat People'
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St. Kilda Archipelago from above, Hirta, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK
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Evil Creature Or Spirit Rock Carving Lit Up
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Old 60s Television with Green Screen Explodes in an Antique Shop. Zoom In.
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Old TV Set with Green Screen Explodes.
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Typical grave with fruit offerings and candles during day of the dead
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Fresh fruit and candles on top of a grave during day of the dead
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Passing Soldiers On Horses Medieval Wall Carving
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Rise of the sorcerer
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Realistic Dry Ice Smoke Clouds Fog
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Mystical animation halloween background with dark moon and clouds
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Animation Lava Lake Volcano Abstract Background.
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Halloween Still Life Colorful Theme: Scary Decorated Dark Room with Table Covered in Spider Webs, Burning Pumpkin, Candlestick, Witch's Hat and Skeleton. In the Background Silhouette of Monster Walking By
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Candles commemorating murder victim. Remembrance day of all Faithful Departed, prayer for the dead. Pure Thursday. Holly Week. Burning candles in remembrance of victims of terror, act of terrorism
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Holy Cross in Church. Gothic Christian Cross
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Dreadful mad pumpkin as head of Jack-o-lantern with carved eyes and wicked smirk on burning hell fire. Scary symbol of Halloween, All Hallows' Eve. Gourd on left side. Slow motion
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Young couple watching horror film in movie theatre. Guy sprinkle popcorn
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NORTHERN IRELAND MAP
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Children And Dog In Halloween Costumes For Trick Or Treating
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Happy Halloween Forest Mountain Castle Bats
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4k Halloween Shot of a Child in Joker Costume Appearing Creepy
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Cemetery at night with colorful candles for All Saints Day. All Saints' Day is a solemnity celebrated on 1 November by the Catholic Church. Static shot
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Glowing Candle Illuminates a Spooky Jack o'lantern Pumpkin
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esus and Saint Mary Stained Glass
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Children In Halloween Costumes Trick Or Treating Shot On R3D
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Psycho
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Halloween Candy Spills Out Of Pumpkin
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Halloween Candy Falls On White Table
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Chandelier and icons of saints in church
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Dolly Shot Of White Candles Burning Aligned Vertically
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celtic crosses at dusk with dark clouds time lapse
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Excited Eyes
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  • lol I'm past 25 and I've never celebrated halloween

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  • Heh..... 420 likes Edit: dislikes* im baked

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  • Sam hain was in Halloween

    crazy boy 9crazy boy 96 օր առաջ
  • Ah... unwrapped candy being put into the kids buckets. Once upon a time there wasn't a fear of potential "extra" things in the treats, such as poison or razor blades or pieces of broken glass, etc... You could actually be given an apple and eat it without worry. Nowadays if it doesn't come wrapped, then checked, and even for some if not given by known people of your family, the treats are thrown into the garbage. It's sad that the treats are more scary than the costumes and that some people just have to ruin things for others.

    Alanna ReamAlanna Ream7 օր առաջ
  • Don't you just love Catholicism and Christianity 🥴

    Cancelled VisualCancelled Visual7 օր առաջ
  • satanism? what a joke

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  • I was so up for this video till I saw the lady giving loose candy from a jar to the kids....

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  • O:52 *talks about Scotland as seperate from the UK*: Scotland Liked This ✅ Also parts of Scotland still celebrate Samhain its really not that mystical theres just a lot of fire

    Lydia StewartLydia Stewart11 օր առաջ
  • “summers end” *when your name is summer 👁👄👁🙏*

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  • Halloween isn’t an official holiday. Nothing is closed, no work hours are shortened, and school hours are the same (if on a week day).

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  • I do remember years ago Halloween was a pagan Celtic tradition from Ireland and from St Hallow, so I was pretty close

    Debbie PrettyDebbie Pretty16 օր առաջ
  • buzzfeed: the celts, who lived in what is now ireland, scotland, the uk and parts of northern europe british people: 🤦

    Caleb WardCaleb Ward16 օր առաջ
  • why tf did you only highlight Northern Ireland???

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  • Interesting👍🤭

    Marvelous OneMarvelous One21 օր առաջ
  • yo we need to watch this in english class like bruh....

    An SeiAn Sei21 օր առաջ
  • 4:51 *spots Shrek* excitement

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  • Would ya kindly share a picture n send an ole boy some turnips for dinner?...🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣

    Rick LandrioRick Landrio22 օր առաջ
  • the colonies were puritan, not catholic. catholics are the ones who adopted the holidays while puritans abhorred them. get it right instead if you're going to talk about it smh

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  • can you guys please please guys just please join Jesus its not too late please just join him✝

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    • @Disneyfan82 just saying it because somebody can join him

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  • wow

    Malia Rose GaunaMalia Rose Gauna24 օր առաջ
  • So basically much of America, stop culturally appropriating Halloween, unless you can trace your ancestry back to the Celts. I know Buzzfeed doesn’t worry about accuracy, but Scotland is still (for now) part of the UK, so there was no need to mention it separately, especially as you chose not to mention Wales, which was also home to the Celts. The area of Ireland you highlighted is Northern Ireland, still part of the UK. If you had said Northern Ireland, and Great Britain, you would have been correct, as NI is part of the United Kingdom, but not part of Great Britain, although they hold British passports. By Ireland you probably meant the Rep. of Ireland, which is the larger part to the left of the section you highlighted. When you get even the basics wrong, I don’t have much faith in any part of the video being accurate.

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    • Nope! It will continue to be about costumes and parties!

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  • 3;50 so the kids were kinda like blackmailing ppl to give them what they wanted or they would prank you

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  • :15 she’s giving 4 unwrapped jelly beans out. Go to hell Karen

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  • It’s strange how Halloween started around the UK (plus Scotland and Ireland) because we don’t really celebrate it here, it’s not that big of a deal

    Rebecca PodevinRebecca Podevin24 օր առաջ
  • Catholics really looked at Pagans and said: that is disgusting. give it to me right now.

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  • The UK consists of Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. It's not a separate entity lol

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  • brawadis

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  • Fun fact the devil created Halloween

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  • 😳

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  • Seems that Halloween has died out trick or treating wise. It's depressing

    Robert HamiltonRobert Hamilton25 օր առաջ
  • Happy Halloween

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  • Christians back at it again

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  • All holidays are money grabs to argue otherwise is another level of ignorance

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  • I . love . Helloween....

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  • HAPPY 🤡👺👿👽🤠😺💀👼🤯👻🎃👮‍♂️👳🧙‍♂️🧛🏻‍♂️🧚‍♀️🧝‍♀️🐼🕸🌕🦠 HALLOWEEN!

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  • wow

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  • Im watching this on october 31st😃 Happy Halloween Guys!!!

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  • It's original British New Year. AKA Celtic New Year.... now highjaked! Happy Hallowe'en from Great Britain. (Fri 30 Oct 2020 2108)

    Different SaturnerDifferent Saturner26 օր առաջ
  • In my country, we don't celebrate Halloween. Because of that, me and my family for 31st October only carve pumpkins. I kinda like that way instead of doing nothing.

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  • It’s the same now as it was then lies

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  • Halloween is so we remember to good to each other saint is not only said by them sad bigot lie

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    • Be good to each other season to come bring hard time

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  • , why you want to dress up like a sexy cat for Halloween it's it's something inappropriate sexy cat it's not for my age

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  • I want girlfriend to dress up as a sexy cat

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  • I don’t like this I like the other 2 guys

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  • I found the stupidest and scariest costume for this year, it's basically a MAGA hat, no mask, and a B.S. exemption from wearing a mask that I printed online because I have no idea what reality is.

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  • Is nobody gonna mention how they said we would use 6.9 billion dollars, that's right, 69

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  • I'm so excited to celebrate samhain this weekend🖤 blessed be my fellow witches

    Mason TreviñoMason Treviño28 օր առաջ
  • Whatever I love Halloween 👻

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  • 4:51 Shrek at the top right 🤣🤣🤣

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    • Lol how'd you notice that!

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  • I bet you gotta wear a face mask for trick or treating... Due to Covid

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    • WHERE I LIVE, WE CAN'T EVEN TRICK OR TREAT😢😢😢 I FEEL LIKE IM MISSING OUT ON MY CHILDHOOD

      The Masked MusiciansThe Masked Musicians27 օր առաջ
    • Most people wear masks for halloween anyway

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  • 中国人到底是什么垃圾?

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  • I’m sad Halloween is dying, being overshadowed by the over marketing of Christmas.

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  • Evilllllllll in my mermaid man voice

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  • No mention of Barmbrack? Or that it's actually supposed to be spelled Hallowe'en?

    Rose BrownRose Brown29 օր առաջ
  • Growing up catholic my parent's didn't let me celebrate Halloween because they said its the devil worshipers day.

    Melissa VacaMelissa Vaca29 օր առաջ
  • Hi hello, Practicing witch here and I can confirm that this is all true thanks for putting this out there have a terrifying Halloween and blessed be

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  • it actually was to mark the end of harvest

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  • Halloween is a Satanic holiday. I don’t care what anyone says I don’t care if you try to defend it or if you dress of your kids as little angels or superheroes the core and sole purpose of Halloween is satanic

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    • Ok and

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  • We can never celebrate Halloween in South Africa. We don't take things seriously 😂😂😂

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  • 4:39 Ha nice

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  • Did they just say Ireland Scotland and the uk. Do they not know Scotland is in the uk

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  • Very similar to the origins of carnival

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  • If you want to be politically correct: you can't participate in Halloween unless you have celtic heritage.

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  • Hi. Romans didn't bring Christianity to the UK. They left before the empire converted.

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  • “The Celts who lived in what now is Ireland, Scotland (part of the uk), the uk (seemingly only including England, perhaps Northern Ireland (?) and Wales (to some degree Isle of Man)) and parts of Northern Europe” *hey guys! I know we didn’t mention Northern Ireland (although it is a part of the Uk, but so is Scotland), maybe we should JUST highlight that? All yea’s?* *but what about Wales? It’s the only country besides England we haven’t mentioned, although I guess everyone know England is a part of the UK... should we just say the countries? Oh, and should we be clarifying the very general “Northern Europe? People may think Scandinavia or The Nordic countries?* *no! We’re Americans, they expect us to get it twisted in the most confusing way possible! Only Northern Ireland!!!* * But sir, that’s confusing even for me are you sure we shouldn’t(...) * I said ONLY Northern Ireland!!! What, do you have a doctorate in geography now? What’s next? Norway isn’t the capital of Sweden??!? Shut up, stop embarrassing yourself and ONLY highlight Northern Ireland!!!(Continues listening to Zombie by the Cranberries)*

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  • Hi Just need you to re-edit this video as "the Romans never Invaded Ireland and sadly makes this video badly produced. Please make amendments before I write a complaint about this false claim. thank you

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    • Please do your homework before you spread false claims. This is why North America is failing its students.

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  • Trick or treating started in Ireland because poor people would go to doors asking for food or money if they were given those things they would pray for the family

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  • I look forward to samhain every year

    Mackenzie Insert Last Name HereMackenzie Insert Last Name HereԱմիս առաջ
  • Ireland, Scotland, the UK and Europe? - i'm pretty sure Scotland and Northern Ireland are still part of the UK. It would have been much easier and accurate if he said Ireland, the UK and Northern Europe. Although maybe he tried to please the Scots? I'm still confused with how he worded it though.

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  • Still celebrating Samhain instead of Halloween. The veil between the two worlds is the thinnest.

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  • Alright, fair play, you nailed "Samhain"

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