Barneblad: Celebrate Norsk (!) Halloween

A monthly feature to share with kids and grandkids Brought to you by Lori Ann Reinhall Most Norwegian Americans will be fast to say that Halloween is not a Norwegian holiday—and they are right—well, almost right… Halloween or “All Hallows’ Eve” is thought to have originated in ancient times in England, Scotland, and Ireland. Back in those days, it was believed that on the last night of October, the spirits of the dead roamed the Earth. These ghosts were dangerous and could destroy the autumn harvest. To ward off the evil spirits before the start of the winter season, people would set fires on hilltops. They put on costumes, so they wouldn’t be recognized by the ghosts, and they carved scary-looking faces into turnips to frighten off the evil spirits. In the Christian church, All Hallows’ Eve is the night before All Saints’ Day, the first day of November when t
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Lori Ann Reinhall

Lori Ann Reinhall, editor-in-chief of The Norwegian American, is a multilingual journalist and cultural ambassador based in Seattle. She is the president of the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association, and she serves on the boards of several Nordic organizations.

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