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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.

Police have issued a warning after a Felixstowe man in his 70s became victim to an online and telephone scam in which he transferred £2,500.

Engineers working to keep Suffolk’s roads in good shape could turn to a new weapon in the battle against the menace of potholes – sunflower oil.

More than 800 people have already had their say on how Stowmarket and Sudbury should develop in the future at exhibitions in the towns.

As the leaves have started falling and the autumn half term edges closer, be one step ahead with your plans and check out our list of things to do on Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22.

Traffic has returned to normal on the Orwell Bridge after a crash involving a car and a lorry this morning.

Parents in Suffolk are being urged to help educate their children to be responsible online, with a warning issued that “online behaviour has offline consequences”.

First-time buyers have cause for optimism as average house prices appeared to fall in the last three months, according to a survey by property website Zoopla.

A severely disabled teenager from Essex met members of the Royal family as part of a “unique and memorable” experience on board a vintage train.

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