The Modern Psychology of Halloween

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It’s that time of the year again; where witches, ghosts and ghouls roam the streets in search of candy.  No longer just a throw back to the Celtic Festival of Samhain, where the end of the Celtic year was thought to be associated with death, today Halloween means holiday; a time for dressing up, having fun, eating candy and watching scary movies!

And it’s not just for the kids.  There’s something so timelessly magical in the golden colors of fall that’s annually reflected in the glowing flames of our Jack O’Lantern smiles.  Rather than feeling a creepy chill in the air, instead, many of us today associate a sense of warmth and togetherness with the date October 31st.  The past associations with all things evil have today been replaced by the amusing notion of ‘a good scare’ , meaning that it’s time once again to party in ‘Halloweenland’.

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