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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.

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Firefighters tacked two separate blazes in Suffolk on Saturday evening.

A 62-year-old woman reported missing to police who was believed to be in the Norfolk or Suffolk area has returned home, police have said.

The British actress Emma Chambers – known for her roles in The Vicar of Dibley and Notting Hill – has died aged 53.

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One of East Anglia’s air ambulances caused a stir on Saturday lunchtime after it was called to land near West Suffolk College near the heart of Bury St Edmunds.

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A Suffolk teacher helping deprived children at an Indian “slum school” is embarking on the first recorded hike along the country’s second longest river.

Music and entertainment retailer HMV has returned to Ipswich town centre after five weeks away.

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