Trick or treat! How is it with Halloween in the States.

Halloween or Hallowe’en (a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening), also known as AllhalloweenAll Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed. [wikipedia]

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Even though a lot of people tried to find out where Halloween comes from, its origin is still unknown. Dressing up probably comes from old times when people were scaring away evil spirits while being dressed up in black with masks on their faces and dancing around the fire. Dressing up now looks completely different and probably nobody scares evil spirits away anymore.

The most popular custom in the United States since 1920 is trick-or-treating. Kids, being dressed up of course, walk from house to house asking for candies and if an owner doesn’t want to give it to them they trick him. I don’t know if it’s always like this but here children don’t knock on the door of houses that aren’t decorated or at least lighted up because they assume that people living in them aren’t interested.

Some people are crazy with decorating their houses! Huge spiders, enormous moving ghosts, music from horror movies, spider web on the whole house, fake smoke… It’s not extreme in my area but I’ve seen a lot of interesting pictures.

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People decorate not only houses but everything else as well – hair salons, medical offices, shops, restaurants and other. In a lot of places workers dress up as well which in my opinion is pretty cool because everyone then seems to easy going.

The most popular spots for families with kids before Halloween are definitely pumpkin patches which are farms where you can walk around and chose your own perfect pumpkin. I haven’t had a chance to go to any yet but I will one day!

There are haunted farms as well as haunted houses and I don’t think I need to explain what it is because all of you know. There are some for kids and for adults but I’ve never been to any because I don’t like being scared.

And let’s face it, a very popular thing is going to parties and the only difference between regular parties is that everyone wear costumes… even houses do, inside and out.

As you probably already guessed, shops’ shelves are bending because of the amount of Halloween stuff on them! In my area everything starts around two months before and at first it’s all calm and quiet. The first place is Target, they put Halloween cards out there a long time before this day.

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Halloween in 2 weeks and there’s so many cards already.

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Later grocery stores start having pumpkins, then more and more pumpkins. Also, food items get the taste or at least the smell of pumpkins. Then isles with candies and later, around 3-4 weeks before Halloween, everything appears. Different kinds and different sizes of ghosts, witches, skeletons and other “scary” decorative items together with lights, garlands and costumes. And costumes are interesting! You’ll find everything you’d ever dream of and more. You want to be french fries? Sure! Spongebob? No problem! A light bulb? Of course! In my area the most popular place is Party City. There’s a lot of stuff for birthdays, baby showers and things like that but when Christmas, Thanksgiving or Halloween come they change their whole assortment. Especially for Halloween and the best thing is that they end up almost completely empty.

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Not everything has to be scary! 🙂

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Costumes for dogs.

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Have I mentioned french fries?!

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Everything pumpkin flavor. 

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Sooo many different costumes… People really spend a lot of time in front of this wall.

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There would be no Halloween without candy ;).

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Even books for kids have the same theme.

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And yes, infants dress up too!

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Are we going to give away sweets? Yes but… vegan and natural, for example bars made of dates or small packages of chocolate spread with no weird stuff in them. Alicia would be disappointed if she wasn’t able to do that and me and Nathan don’t want to give away anything that we think is unhealthy because it’d be hypocrisy, wouldn’t it?

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And what Americans like about Halloween the most? I asked a few people from the area.

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I love watching my kid being so excited looking for a costume, wearing it and trick or treating. He can’t stop smiling and when he brag about the amount of candies he got and what kind of costumes he saw, he’s even more excited. [Mary]

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I think my favorite thing is that I can wear whatever I want and nobody will backbite about it. Or even better – I may win a contest for the best costume! A year ago my husband was a bottle of ketchup. [Christy]

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Because I can feel like a kid again! [Eric]

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I’m not a big fan of scary decorations and costumes but I love pumpkins. October is definitely my month if it comes to this. I love everything with pumpkins and my favorite pie is obviously the one with a pumpkin. And when I go to a grocery store everything is… “pumpkinishy”. Even the smell! [Sharon]

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I’m probably not too unique here but my favorite thing is dressing up because there’s so many different options that it’s tough to imagine. I like being someone else and see my family differently once a year. To bad I’m not too creative by my wife is! [Mark]

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Do you celebrate Halloween? What do you like the most? What don’t you like?

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Talk to you next time!

Aga

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