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Halloween is a tradition celebrated on the night of October 31. This special day is a fun day in America and other countries where children dressing in costumes and going door-to-door collecting sweets, fruit, candy and other treats. Apart from this trick-or-treating, there are many other traditional Halloween activities. Some of these include costume parties, watching horror films, going to “haunted” houses, and traditional autumn activities such as hayrides, some of these even “haunted”.
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The carved jack-o’-lantern, lit by a candle inside, is one of Halloween’s most prominent symbols. Although there is a tradition in the British Isles of carving a lantern from a rutabaga, mangelwurzel, or turnip, the practice was first named and associated with Halloween in North America, where the pumpkin was available, and much larger and easier to carve. Many families that celebrate Halloween carve a pumpkin into a frightening or comical face and place it on their home’s doorstep after dark.
Trick-or-treating and guising
The main event of modern US-style Halloween is trick-or-treating, in which children dress up in costume disguises and go door-to-door in their neighbourhood, ringing each doorbell and yelling “trick or treat!” The occupants of the house (who might themselves dress in a scary costume) will then hand out small candies, miniature chocolate bars, and sometimes even soda pop. Some American homes will use sound effects and fog machines to help set a spooky mood. Other house decoration themes (that are less scary) are used to entertain younger visitors. Children can often accumulate many treats on night, filling up entire pillow cases or shopping bags.
Games and other activities
There are several games traditionally associated with Halloween parties. The most common is dooking or bobbing for apples, in which apples float in a tub or a large basin of water; the participants must use their teeth to remove an apple from the basin. A variant involves kneeling on a chair, holding a fork between the teeth and trying to drop the fork into an apple. Another common game involves hanging up treacle or syrup-coated scones by strings; these must be eaten without using hands while they remain attached to the string, an activity which inevitably leads to a very sticky face.
Because the holiday comes in the wake of the annual apple harvest, candy apples (also known as toffee, taffy or caramel apples) are a common treat at Halloween. They are made by rolling whole apples in a sticky sugar syrup, and sometimes then rolling them in nuts.
Other foods associated with the holiday:
- candy corn
- hot apple cider
- roasted or popped corn
- roasted pumpkin seeds
- pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread
- “fun-sized” or individually wrapped pieces of small candy, typically in Halloween colors of orange, and brown/black.
- novelty candy shaped like skulls, pumpkins, bats, worms, etc.