Halloween has been observed or celebrated for hundred of years. Halloween is, also, called Hallowe’en, Allhallowe’en, All Hallows’ Eve, and All Saints Eve. People observe or celebrate Halloween in many different ways in different places and for different reasons. Many traditions are religious in nature or origin to honor departed saints or loved ones.
Guising while going from house to house was believed to keep you safe from departed spirits and sharing gifts at the houses was often seen as sharing the harvest with the dearly departed. Trick-or-treating in North America began in the early 20th century. The holiday has become more commercialized and costumes and decorating has grown and really spread over the years. Today, there are haunted hayrides, haunted houses, costume parties, scary movies, and more, in addition to, trick-or-treating.
Coin collection for UNICEF and Trunk-or-Treating are popular variations as well. Coin collection for charity is a way to share in giving. Trunk-or-Treating is seen as a safe alternative to young children going house to house. School Halloween parties, costume parades, and Halloween dances occur as well.
A tradition of mine is to have a Spooky Dinner the night before Halloween. Foods served have included Frankenstein meatloaf, “Bloody Bones” ribs, mummified hot dogs, “Bloody Bits”, “Skeleton Cups”, and more. Halloween is celebrated by giving out full-sized candy bars to trick-or-treaters at my house as well.
Whatever your tradition, enjoy Halloween! Be inspired! Have a bright day!