USA: Halloween                                                               

On the evening of October 31st, in most US communities, you will see children in the streets, dressed in costumes, carrying bags for candy. They will go from door to door in their neighborhoods and shout, “Trick or treat!” According to tradition, the neighbor will give them a piece of candy (a treat).

The roots of the Halloween celebration are very old. The name itself comes from a Christian celebration of all saints, started in the ninth century. All Hallow’s Day is November 1st (the night before is All Hallow’s Eve).

In the US, Halloween is a light-hearted, fun holiday. Some schools hold a Halloween party for children in costumes instead of Trick-or-Treating. Some towns encourage children to go Trick-or-Treating before dark.

Symbols of Halloween

Ghosts, witches, black cats, skeletons, vampires, jack-o-lanterns (carved pumpkins with candles inside).