Happy Halloween!!!

The kids in your neighborhood knock your door and yell “Trick or Treat” whilst you’re busy dressing up for a costume party at your friend’s place. Yes, Halloween is here!!! Be it scary stories, bonfires, pumpkin faces, late night horror movies or apple bobbing, we can never have enough of Halloween. It’s a festival that allows us to revisit our good old days. Today, let’s get a step closer and find out more about Halloween…

Halloween-Night

Halloween story…

Originally, Halloween is believed to be a European harvest festival. Also known as ‘All Hallows Eve’, this was first celebrated in the fifth century B.C., by the ancient Celts in Ireland. According to the beliefs of the Celts, the people who had died the previous year came together on 31st October. These dead people would choose the body of a person or an animal and would inhabit in those bodies for next one year before passing into the afterlife. In order to scare these souls, the Celts would dress up as ghosts and goblins. There would be loud noises and bonfires. The tradition of celebrating Halloween this way has never stopped since then.

Jack-o’-lantern…

‘Oh!—fruit loved of boyhood!—the old days recalling,

When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling!
When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin,
Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!’

Our very own favorite Halloween pumpkin, Jack-o’-lantern is the heart of Halloween. Initially, beets and turnips were also used and monstrous faces were carved out of them. The famous Irish tale of the lazy farmer, Jack tells why Jack-o’-lantern is called so.

Jack-o'-lantern

Trick or treat…

Halloween for kids is meaningless without trick or treat. The kids usually wear Halloween costumes and visit every home in the neighborhood asking for treats. The rule is simple. The home owners either identify the costumes, or they treat them. Halloween candies remain the favorite treat of all the kids.

Halloween-Candies

Halloween across the world…

Most of the countries celebrate Halloween every year on the 31st of October. Decorations, candies and costumes!!! This is what Halloween means for Americans and Canadians. Almost every home follows the tradition of ‘trick or treat’ and costume parties. In the United States of America, the fireworks displays at the Disneyland are a major attraction. The children have sleep over parties. Almost all the colleges organize costume parties during Halloween. In the city of New York, the largest Halloween parade- ‘Village Halloween Parade’ sees more than fifty thousand participants and two million spectators. Like America and Canada, the people in European countries also celebrate Halloween with parties, parades and carnivals. Halloween is joyously celebrated in Australia, Africa, Japan and Hong Kong as well. The streets are illuminated by jack-o’-lanterns and other traditions like baking special cakes, trick or treating are also followed.

Halloween-Party

Halloween costumes…

Every Halloween costume has a story behind it. Pirate costumes, superhero costumes, cartoon costumes, vampire costumes, uniform costumes and most importantly, the ‘pumpkin costumes’ are the most popular Halloween costume ideas.

Halloween games…      

Halloween is the time of pranks and the time of mischief! Haunted house parties, witches parties, apple bobbing, Halloween Bingos are some of the most popular Halloween games.

So this Halloween, ‘eat, drink and be scary’!!! Fliptalks wishes all the readers a very Happy Halloween!!!            

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