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Word on the Street: What do you think of Halloween?

PUBLISHED: 15:49 12 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:08 12 October 2017

What do you think of Halloween? Picture: ARCHANT

What do you think of Halloween? Picture: ARCHANT

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With Halloween approaching fast you will have seen merchandise and decorations filling shop windows – we ask the people of Ipswich what they think of the holiday.

Halloween is often referred to as an American holiday but it actually begun 2,000 years ago in Ireland.

The Celts celebrated their new year on November 1 – the day would mark the end of summer and the beginning of a dark winter which was associated with human death.

Check out the Halloween events which are taking place in Ipswich.

People believed that on the night before the new year, October 31, the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.

On the night of October 31, the Celts celebrated Samhain as people believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

During the celebration people dressed up as ghosts and wore costumes consisting of animal heads and skins.

In the 8th Century the Christian church turned Samhain into All Saints Day or All Hallows.

The night before became All Hallows Eve and later on was shortened to Halloween.

Here is where you can pick a pumpkin in Suffolk and north Essex.

Shoppers have expressed shock after plans to shut to a “struggling” East of England Co-op store in Ipswich were announced.

From a tribute music festival to a muddy obstacle course – there are plenty of events for people to enjoy across Suffolk and north Essex this weekend.

Thousands of runners dressed in pink are expected to descend on Trinity Park near Ipswich this weekend to play their part in the fight against cancer.

Essex Police says it is “very concerned” for the welfare of two missing young people – who are believed to be together in the Colchester area.

Four people arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of a man in Chelmsford yesterday have been released.

Rail services between Ipswich and Cambridge are returning to normal after a freight train broke down at Bury St Edmunds this morning.

A 15-year-old girl from Ipswich who was reported missing to police is back home with her family.

The coast of California USA and Fore Street, Ipswich swimming pool are worlds apart in several ways, but for former Ipswich lady, Karen Quezada, nee Spanner, who now lives in California, the little Victorian built pool in Ipswich holds a special place in her heart.

The restoration of one the last working steam trains in East Anglia will take a major step forward this weekend.

A Suffolk seaside town has defied national trends to see property prices soar – retaining its position among the top three priciest coastal locations.

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