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What is Halloween and why do we celebrate it?
Halloween is a widely celebrated holiday with its own set of traditions and customs. Here are some useful information and facts about Halloween:
Halloween is celebrated on the night of October 31st. It is often preceded by the observance of All Hallows' Eve or All Saints' Eve on October 31st.
Halloween has ancient roots and is believed to have originated from the Celtic festival of Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter.
One of the most prominent features of Halloween is the tradition of dressing up in costumes. People, especially children, often dress as ghosts, witches, superheroes, or other characters, and go door-to-door for trick-or-treating.
Children go from house to house, saying "Trick or treat!" to receive candy or other treats. The phrase implies that if a treat is not given, a trick may be played on the homeowner.
Carving pumpkins into Jack-o'-lanterns is a popular Halloween tradition. Originally, turnips were used in Ireland, but pumpkins became the preferred choice in North America.
Many people enjoy visiting haunted houses or attending Halloween-themed events during the season. These attractions are designed to evoke a sense of fear and excitement.
Halloween is often celebrated with parties where attendees dress in costumes, play games, and enjoy festive foods and drinks.
Homes and businesses are often decorated with spooky and ghoulish themes, including cobwebs, skeletons, bats, and other Halloween-themed items.
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
While distinct from Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, celebrated in Mexico and some other Latin American countries, also falls around the same time. It is a time to honor and remember deceased loved ones.
Halloween is associated with various superstitions, including the belief that the veil between the living and the dead is thin, making it a time when supernatural events are more likely to occur.
Candy corn is a popular Halloween candy, often associated with the holiday and frequently given out during trick-or-treating.
Black cats are sometimes considered symbols of bad luck during Halloween, and their images are often associated with witches and superstitions.