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Trick or Treat Halloween is coming!

Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. Over the history, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event like gatherings, costumes, and child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating.

What is Halloween all about?

Halloween is a yearly holiday that has been celebrated for centuries. In America they observed it on October 31, the eve before the Western Christian feast of All Hallows. The word Halloween originated from Hallowe’en or also known as All Hallows’ Eve.

  • Samhain night
  • In Ireland, where Halloween originated, children get dressed up in costumes and spend the evening “trick-or-treating” in their neighborhoods. Many games are played, including “apple-bobbing,” a game in which apples or nuts or coins are placed in a basin of water and one must catches them with mouth.

  • All saints’ Day
  • In England, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day customs would include where on All Souls’ Eve, families stayed up late, and little “soul cakes” were eaten by everyone. At the stroke of midnight, there was solemn silence among households, which had candles burning in every room to guide the souls back to visit their earthly homes and a glass of wine on the table to refresh them.

  • Dia de los Muertos
  • In Mexico, Latin America and Spain, All Souls’ Day, which takes place on November 2, is commemorated with a three-day celebration that begins on the evening of October 31. They celebrate it by decorating graves with flowers, doing picnics, and plays mariachi music.
    Did you know? One quarter of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween.

5 Tips on Celebrating Halloween

Halloween only comes around once a year, so why not go all out? Celebrating Halloween is more fun when you decorate the outside of your home with lots of stuff to scare those who dare walk up to your door. All lit up at night, a decorated home welcomes all the little ghosts and goblins. With the addition of some scary music, the little ones will giggle with delighted terror as they knock on your door, yelling, “Trick or Treat”.
Every house MUST have a jack-o’-lantern. Scary faces are always the best

  • Decorate your house as if it were a haunted house or a cemetery
  • Buy candy, days in advance because you don’t know how many children will be knocking on your front door
  • Also have a jar of coins at your table UNICEF uses Halloween for its annual fundraisers, by having the little trick-or-treaters collect for them
  • Tell ghost stories at your Halloween party

Costume Ideas for Halloween?

Haven’t squared away your costume for Halloween this year? With the big dress-up day just around the corner, we discovered some of the favourite Halloween costume to pick. From babies to adult, whether it’s a cartoon figure or a pop icon, a costume is a must for Halloween.

  • Angry Birds
  • Don’t just play Angry Birds on your phone, be the Angry Birds! This red Angry Birds costume is just one of several great options. You can also get a Yellow Bird, a Black Bird and even a King Pig costume. These game character would make a great outfit for your Halloween party.

  • Zombie
  • The zombie costume apocalypse is here! And the classic character has been a big influence in the trend according to Webtrends’ statistic. This Walking Dead inspired costume is officially licensed and is a popular choice in the classic costume category.

  • Merida
  • Children has adopted this heroine as their new favorite character, so we predict a Brave costume as a trend in this Halloween. A dark green gown that looks just like Merida’s is definitely a popular costume pick among girls this year.

  • Lady Gaga
  • Webtrends analyzes for the most popular pop culture costume category and more than 50% is voting for Lady Gaga! Year after year, Lady Gaga’s characteristic styles is still be an attention-grabber on Halloween.

SOURCES :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween
http://www.wikihow.com/Celebrate-Halloween
http://mashable.com/2011/10/30/hottest-halloween-costumes/
http://www.squidoo.com/best-halloween-costumes-2011

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