Halloween is one of the most loved holidays by both children and adults. Fun costumes, entertaining parties and activities, interesting decorations and a lot more make Halloween a very exciting holiday for everyone.
Also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, Halloween is celebrated on 31 October every year, which is the eve of All Saints’ Day in Christian tradition. All Saints’ Day is a religious holiday that is dedicated to the all saints of Christian faith: known and unknown. Halloween, on the other hand, has taken a more secular turn in the past few decades. Instead of a religious celebration, Halloween is more of a cultural celebration that includes traditional activities like visiting haunted sites, going to trick or treating, carving pumpkins and setting scary decorations.
According to some historians, Halloween is mainly influenced by Celtic harvest festivals like Samhain that has its roots in paganism.
On Halloween, certain popular activities are held. Such as trick or treating, going to costume parties, lighting bonfires and exchanging scary stories, visiting haunted places, watching horror movies, playing divination games, making jack-o-lanterns from vegetables, playing apple bobbing and a lot more.
In addition to these secular activities, some Christians also visit cemeteries on Halloween to bring flowers, pray for their loved ones who passed away, and commemorate them.
Numerous symbols are also associated with Halloween, such as pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns.
The story behind jack-o-lanterns is based on an Irish legend: Stingy Jack. He is a drunkard whose path crosses Satan. He makes a deal with Satan but loses. As a result, Satan dooms him to roam the Earth in the night, carrying nothing but a hallowed turnip to light his way.
Jack-o-lanterns are inspired by this legend and are carved from root vegetables like turnips or pumpkins. When Irish immigrants settled in the United States, they brought this tradition with them but pumpkins were easier to find in the Halloween season in the States, hence today we almost only see jack-o-lanterns carved out of pumpkins.
To make a jack-o-lantern, a pumpkin is carefully hollowed. Then a scary face or a funny image is carved on it. Finally, a candle or another light source is placed inside it. Jack-o-lanterns are often placed in gardens as part of Halloween decorations.
In addition to jack-o-lanterns, various other decorations and symbols associated with Halloween are used to make gardens, houses and offices more jolly: Spider webs, skeletons, scary posters and sculptures, fake blood and a lot more.
Another fun Halloween tradition most people excitedly wait for all year is, of course, costumed Halloween parties. Aligned with the spirit of this holiday, people wear scary costumes of often mythical creatures like vampires, witches, ghouls, or ghosts. A relatively newer Halloween costume tradition is dressing up like a historical figure or a film character.
After dressing up, people attend fun Halloween parties where they can eat delicious food, enjoy scary decorations, play entertaining games, tell each other scary stories, and of course, dance!
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