Halloween is upon us! It's a fun-loving time, right? So, why do Americans spend an estimated $6.9 billion annually on Halloween, thereby making it the country's second largest commercial holiday. Notice the emphasis on commercial.

Some people claim we shouldn't be spending so much money on what is considered demon worship. Actually, its origins are in the Catholic Church and it basically comes from a contracted corruption of All Hallows Eve, but you already know that. All Hollows Day (sometimes referred to as All Saints Day) is clearly a Catholic day of observance in honor of saints, which is November 1st. However, if we jump back to the 5th century BC, in Celtic Ireland, summer officially ended on October 31st and that holiday was called Samhain, the Celtic New Year.

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