Fun and festive or spooky and scary: How Alaskans celebrate Halloween
It's that time of year again!
The holiday of Halloween dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when Celts believed the spirits of the dead would visit earth on Oct. 31 each year. People would light bonfires and dress in costume to ward off evil spirits.
Several hundred years later, Pope Gregory III dubbed Nov. 1 as a day to honor Christian saints, or All Saints Day. As the traditions of Samhain merged with All Saints Day, the day before the Christian holiday became known as Allhallows Eve, eventually evolving into Halloween.
Fast forward to 2015, when a study from The Harris Poll stated Halloween was the third most popular holiday in America, behind Christmas and Thanksgiving. Among millennials, however, Halloween tops Thanksgiving and claims the No. 2 spot.
The Alaska Zoo is getting spooky this Halloween for its annual Zoo Boo event, perfect for the kiddos.
"It’s a great fun, safe environment because they can look at the animals, they can trick or treat parents don’t have to worry, there is no traffic here at the zoo other than goblins and ghouls," Alaska Zoo staff say.
From now until 8 p.m., there will be 23 trick-or-treat stations where you'll find buckets and buckets of candy, plus a few alternatives like toothbrushes and comic books.
Since it's the zoo, you can't leave the animals out, can you? Zoo staff say the wolverines will enjoy a tasty ribcage while the bears, muskoxen and moose devour some pumpkins.
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