16. Halloween – A Holiday for Costumes and Candy
Halloween is on October 31. It is also
All Hallows' Eve or All Saints' Eve. This
because, according to some, the holiday has its
in a Christian holiday that remembers the dead.
say the holiday has its roots in the
harvest season traditions of Ireland. In the U.S.
, the focus is less on memories of the
departed or agriculture. It is about kids dressing
in scary costumes and going door-to-door asking for
. This is called trick-or-treating. When children knock on
door of a house or ring the doorbell,
usually say "Trick or Treat". The "trick" part
a fake threat signaling that the kids will
a prank if they aren't given something delicious.
then give the children candy, raisins, or some
food treat. Many homeowners decorate their houses to
for the holiday and let kids know that
are participating and can ring the bell for
. Traditional decorations often include jack-o'-lanterns, which are pumpkins
faces carved into them and candles inside. Jack-o'
were thought to scare away evil spirits when
was first celebrated among the ancient Christians. Also
, not pumpkins, were originally used. People often decorate
the colors black and orange.
Halloween is not
for kids; adults get in on the fun
attending costume parties. There are often contests for
has the best costume. There are also games
for apples, where people have to get an
using only their teeth from a large bucket
water. Other people celebrate by scaring themselves by
to haunted houses, homes where people dressed up
ghosts, zombies, and werewolves and jump out to
guests. People also tell scary stories or watch