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October 31, 2006|By Frank Roylance | Frank Roylance,Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger

Tonight is Halloween, a time for kids, costumes and candy. But there's a darker history here. Halloween is descended from "All Hallows Eve," the evening before All Saints Day on Nov. 1. Christians chose that date to displace the Celts' pagan observance of Samhain. Samhain was a "cross-quarter day," marking the sun's midway point between the fall equinox and the winter solstice. It heralded the start of winter, with its hardships, cold, scarcity and death - all the malevolent forces that still haunt our Halloween observance.

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