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Halloween in the United States

22. October 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

Celebrated on October 31st, Halloween has its roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holiday All Saints' Day. Most modern celebrations, however, are largely unreligious and the majority of people in the United States are not knowledgeable about the origin and history of this ancient holiday.

Instead, many Americans know and love Halloween for the fun traditions and activities it brings, namely trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving jack-o-lanterns, visiting haunted attractions, telling ghost stories, watching horror movies, and more. Here are a few fun facts about popular Halloween traditions.



Many children celebrate Halloween by going trick-or-treating. Trick-or-treating is the activity of dressing up in costume, going door to door, and requesting candy or other treats. Trick-or-treating is pretty much for children only, though some teenagers or adults may go as a joke. 



Costume Parties

While children wear costumes for trick-or-treating, adults wear costumes for Halloween parties. Many bars, nightclubs, and individual people throw costume parties on Halloween or Halloween weekend and men and women will dress up in a variety of costumes ranging from sexy to scary. For whatever reason, many women dress much more sexy on Halloween than they would ever think of doing otherwise.  




The jack-o-lantern or carved pumpkin is the most well-known symbol of Halloween. Ghosts, skeletons, black cats, witches, and monsters are other traditional symbols, while orange and black is the traditional color scheme of Halloween. These symbols appear at many businesses, stores, parties, and more.



Haunted Attractions, Ghost Stories, Horror Movies

Haunted attractions are entertainment venues designed to thrill and scare patrons. These attractions can include haunted houses, hayrides, corn mazes, and more. Many large theme parks in the United States also hold huge, haunted-themed events in October, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

















Other Halloween time activities include telling ghost stories, watching scary movies, going on ghost tours, or generally reveling in all that is spooky and paranormal. Many television shows have episodes with spooky themes.

Though Halloween is more widely celebrated than official holidays like Memorial Day or Labor Day, Americans do not get the day off work and businesses operate as usual. This year, Halloween falls on a Sunday so most people in the United States will celebrate on Friday or Saturday.