History of Halloween - Informative Speech Essay

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Title: History of Halloween
Purpose: To inform the audience of how Halloween started and transformed to what it is now.
Thesis Statement: How Halloween has evolved from what it once was to what is now.
Introduction: Patrons of the season of Halloween spend over $2.5 billion dollars every year on candy, costumes, and decorations. Every year millions of kids get dressed up, knock on doors, and beg for candy. Have you ever wondered where this strange tradition originated? The three most important points of Halloween can be summed up by looking at its origins, how it came to include jack-o-lanterns and bobbing for apples, and how it is celebrated today with trick-or-treating and haunted houses. *
Where the origins of Halloween
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Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put in into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back to his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for 10 years, should Jack die before then, he would not claim his soul. Ten years pass, Jack again tricked the Devil into a tree to pick him an apple before he took his soul. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a cross into the tree's bark so that the Devil could not come down until he promised Jack not to bother him and to never take his soul. Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack out into the night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth ever since.
In Ireland and Scotland, people would carve scary faces into turnips and potatoes and would place them in their windows or near doors to frighten away wandering evil spirits.
In the mid-late 1840's, The Irish Potato Famine caused people to immigrate to the United States.
Since turnips weren't readily available in the U.S., they found pumpkins to be abundant and the best replacement. *
The weird water sport of "Bobbing for Apples".

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