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or unusual, we must remember that Pumpkins, however, are a lot easier once upon a time, as grisly as it may
other cultures around the world to hollow out and carve and so seem, the scarecrow may have been
have also done this. For example, they are now the scary vegetable of a real person who was sacrificed on
the Japanese have The Festival of choice. ancient fields to encourage bountiful
Souls called “Obon” or “Bon”, which Black Cats: The Inquisitor Nicholas crops. It’s possible that he crept into
is celebrated on th July (lunar Remy claimed that all cats were the Halloween celebration due to
calendar) or th August (solar demons and in 7, Lombard the Druid practice of burning the
calendar). People in Germany witches were said to worship the devil wicker man or the effigy burning of
celebrate “Walpurgisnacht”, the in a cat incarnation. The Egyptian Guy Fawkes on November the Fifth!
Chinese celebrate “Ching Ming” or goddess “Bast” had the head of a The corn dolly is entirely different.
“Tomb Sweeping Day“ and Mexico cat which meant that the cat was Made from the last stalks of corn
have “El Dia de los Muertos” or “The not favoured by the early Christian harvested, she was the embodiment
Day of the Dead”. church which also declared that of the harvest festival and was used
There are many symbols of witches could transform themselves in rituals to ensure a good harvest
Halloween namely Pumpkins, Black into cats. The black cat became a for the next year.
Cats, Scarecrows, Ghosts, Skeletons familiar figure in the Halloween Ghosts: Every culture in the world
and Vampire Bats! celebrations during the 90’s and has its own ghost stories. The word
Pumpkins: The pumpkin is an 0’s and has continued on to this ghost and guest find their roots in
American vegetable and is therefore day. the Germanic “geist” which originally
quite a newbie on the Halloween Scarecrows/Corn Dollies: The meant a spirit of a dead ancestor
scene. Traditionally, turnips were scarecrow is the guardian of the who was invited to celebrations
hollowed out and faces carved harvest and protects the crops such as Samhain. A ghost represents
into them to ward off evil spirits. from our fine-feathered friends but a human who has passed over but
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