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HALLOWEEN, of course, was invented by the Celts. It is based on the old Celtic feast of Samhain, when the dead were reputed to leave their graves for the night and stalk the living.
Irish farmers would put hollowed out turnips in their windows to ward off the evil spirits on the night, which led to the Pumpkin frenzy we all know today.
Americans take all this supernatural stuff seriously. According to a recent Associated Press poll:
*34% of Americans believe in ghosts (compared to 31% who think Bush is doing a good job.)
*23% have seen a ghost (liberals 31%, conservatives 18%, (compared to 1% who think Chris Dodd would make a good president.)
*19% percent accept the existence of spells or witchcraft (compared to less than 1% who think immigration nativist soon to be ex-Congressman Tom Tancredo would make a good president.)
*14% percent have seen a UFO (as against 1% per cent who have seen Hillary Clinton in the flesh.)