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A Toronto ghost walk

It was the Irish pagan festival of Samhain, a night when the dead and the living edged near one another, whence came Halloween. On the night of Nov. 1, and with the dying crops, souls returned to walk the earth. Spooked pagans bolted their doors and extinguished the cooking fires that attracted witches. A rap on the door came from villagers dressed as dead relatives: "Trick or treat?" Best give the souls a treat lest they do something rotten. Canadians have kept the ancient belief in souls haunting the living alive, telling frightening ghost tales for the past 50 years, and not just on Halloween.

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 A tour of the city's ghostly haunts.

Medium: Television
Program: Cityscapes
Broadcast Date: June 16, 1994
Guest(s):
Reporter: Danielle Urquhart
Duration: 3:58

Last updated: October 25, 2013

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