Now that you have found more information on your topic (hallowe'en), you can go back to your original thesis statement and begin to refine it.
Hallowe'en, like many other traditional holidays, has altered dramatically in meaning and celebration since its inception. This research project proposes to look at the various factors which influenced that alteration and attempt to place it in the broader context of societal changes.
Hallowe'en, like many other traditional holidays, has altered dramatically in meaning and celebration since its inception. Most particularly, in the latter part of the twentieth century and in the first decade of the twenty-first century, it has moved into the workplace as an event of note, similar to secular celebrations of Christmas, and unlike other holidays such as Easter which prompt little or no such workplace notice. This research project will consider the impact of that change and particularly the influence of age, sex, and status on the (negative / positive) reaction of middle-aged female faculty members to required attendance at a celebration of Hallowe'en within a university workplace.
... or whatever avenue your research leads you down.
As you proceed through the sources and resources gathering your material, you may feel as though you are getting off track. If this happens, go back to the simple research framework, and think about where you are trying to go with your thesis statement, research questions, or hypotheses.
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