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Welcome to LNGenZ’s roundup of the trending topics in the news this week.

Halloween: What’s It All About?

Halloween wasn’t always the fun, carefree event it is today. The holiday originated with the Celtic people, who lived in what is now Britain and Ireland. The Celts did have some fun and even dressed up in costumes, but overall it was more of a serious occasion that involved the entire village. The tradition started, as far as we know, at least 2,000 years ago with the ancient festival known as Samhain (pronounced “sow-win”). The festivities lasted from October 31 to November 1.

Samhain was the end of the Celtic calendar year; it marked the end of the light half of the year (summer) and the beginning of the dark (winter) times.

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Teens banned from Trick-or-Treating!?

Are you or your friends too old to go trick-or-treating? According to Chesapeake, Virginia and other cities, anyone over 12 has no business dressing up as their favorite Marvel character and knocking on doors for candy. Various news outlets recently reported that Chesapeake has a law on the books prohibiting teenagers from going trick-or-treating on Halloween.

Chesapeake city officials recently announced that trick-or-treaters older than 12 could be subject to a misdemeanor charge, imprisoned for up to six months, and receive between $25 and $100 in fines. Sounds pretty harsh, doesn’t it?

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Be on the Lookout for a Bit of Blue This Halloween

All Hallows Eve is a time of fun that kids and adults look forward to each autumn. Costumes are fretted over, spooky masked faces appear in the neighborhood, and – most importantly – goblins on the prowl repeating “trick-or-treat” at each door are hauling in a year’s worth of the best candy. Yet not every kid is comfortable with the holiday: Those on the Autism spectrum tend to have a more difficult time enjoying themselves.

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: The Caliph Is No More

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was the leader of a terrorist organization called the Islamic State. The group was responsible for many attacks around the world, and several countries have come together to fight them. This past weekend, al-Baghdadi died in a raid on his compound in Syria.

The Islamic State (IS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is a terrorist group that began in 1999 as Jama’at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad. The group pledged loyalty to the much more established and better-known terror group, the Taliban, and fought with them against western forces when we invaded Iraq in 2003. Still, they weren’t very well known at the time.

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Just in Time for Halloween, Mummies Found in Egypt

Just in time for Halloween, archaeologists in Egypt found 30 coffins with perfectly preserved mummies inside. The mummies were so well sealed, the intricate inscriptions were visible. Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Enany said it’s “the first large human coffin ever discovered since the end of the 19th century.” The remains date back to tenth century BCE and the 22nd Pharaonic dynasty.

The mummies were buried double-stacked and included 23 adult males, five adult females, and two children. Researchers were able to identify the genders by the carvings on the coffins, said Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

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