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Halloween is or was the pagan festival for the dead?

Castelnau de Montmiral is one of the last places I’d expect evil spirits. It is a beautiful, tranquil ancient hill top “Bastide” village. One of Les Plus beaux villages de France.

If there are any evil spirits in Castelnau de Montmiral they must be very tolerant of noise. About 20 local children in costumes and masks made a though job of chasing them away on Halloween. People here don’t need much excuse to party!

Today, the first Sunday after Halloween I was surprises to hear the village Church (RC) has a service for the dead.

As I am told,  Halloween is or was the pagan new year and festival for the dead I wonder what the connection is?