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Halloween Celebrations

Origins from around the world

October 27, 2012
By GLYNIS VALENTI - Staff Writer ( , Times Leader

The commercialized, creepy, zombies-lurking Halloween is a product of American capitalism that evolved with a boost from Victorian spiritualism in the mid-1800s. Its popularity has skyrocketed during the past four decades thanks to Hollywood and America's penchant for all things ghoulish and bloody. Halloween's success in the States - and populations of ex-pats - attracted the interest of other countries, like France and Germany, who have begun celebrating the holiday only in the last 30 years. Their celebrations look very much like those here - parties, costumes, trick-or-treating.



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