Halloween: Culture, Costumes, and Celebration

Hallowe'en (a contraction of "All Hallows' evening"), All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a big celebration worldwide on October 31, the night before the Western Christian festival of All Hallows' Day. It marks the start of Allhallowtide, the period of the liturgical year in which saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the dead are remembered.

Halloween Celebrations


Trick-or-treating, dressing up for Halloween parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, starting bonfires, playing apple bobbing, playing divination games, tying harmless pranks, going to haunted houses, telling scary stories, and all popular Halloween activities include watching horror or Halloween-themed films. All Hallows' Eve is a secular holiday for some, but for others, the Christian religious observances, such as attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the deceased, remain popular.

1 - Trick-or-treating and spooky costumes

Trick-or-treating and spooky costumes

For kids, trick-or-treating is a traditional Halloween celebration. Children dressed in costumes visit houses asking for presents like candy or even cash and saying, "Trick or treat." If no treat is delivered, The word "trick" implies a "threat" to harm the homeowners or their property. The custom is considered to have its origins in the Middle Ages' mumming custom, which is strongly tied to the soul.

2 - Halloween costume

Halloween costume

Halloween costumes have traditionally been inspired by characters like devils, vampires, ghosts, and skeletons. Over time, the costume options grew to include well-known fictional characters, famous people, and archetypal figures like ninjas and princesses. 

Numerous games are usually connected to Halloween. Some of these games have their roots in divination rituals or methods of predicting one's future, particularly with reference to death, marriage, and procreation. These rites were performed by a "rare few" in rural areas throughout the Middle Ages since they were seen to be "deadly serious" acts. These divination games have become "a typical component of the household festivities" in Ireland and Britain in recent centuries. They frequently contain hazelnuts and apples. Apples and immortality were closely related in Celtic mythology, with hazelnuts and heavenly wisdom, respectively.

4 - Scary attractions

Halloween Scary Attractions

Haunted attractions are entertainment places designed to frighten and thrill visitors. The majority of attractions are seasonal Halloween businesses, such as haunted houses, corn mazes, and hayrides, and the effects have become more sophisticated as the market has grown.
The Orton and Spooner Ghost House, which debuted in 1915 in Liphook, England, was the first specifically haunted attraction to be documented. In actuality, this attraction most closely resembles a steam-powered carnival fun house. In the Hollycombe Steam Collection, the house is still present.

5 - Halloween candy

Halloween Apple Candy

Since many Western Christian churches encourage vegetarianism on All Hallows' Eve, there are numerous vegetarian dishes associated with the celebration. The classic Halloween treat known as candy apples is produced by rolling whole apples in a gooey sugar syrup, sometimes followed by rolling them in nuts. They are also known as toffee apples outside of North America, caramel apples, and taffy apples. This is done because, in the Northern Hemisphere, Halloween begins after the annual apple harvest.

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