Halloween is just around the corner. It is the spookiest night of the year. Kids and adults dress up in different costumes, even pets get their own outfits. They then go door to door to claim their treats. ‘trick or treat’. A centuries-old custom that is not only practiced in America but now also in other parts of the world.

Preparations are made beforehand. You can see decorations in and around the house. Halloween pumpkins are carved. But where does the carved pumpkin come from? According to this story, beet lamps, also known as Jack O’Lantern, were carved for a long time to keep the devil away.

When the Irish later came to America, they found pumpkins and from then on used these larger fruits. And while the “Halloween” festival as we know it today developed in the United States, it is based on various ancient European festivals.

Halloween and its history

Historians have linked Halloween to Samhain, the Celtic festival of the summers’ end celebrated in Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter.

A time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

The tradition of dressing in costumes and trick-or-treating may go back to the practice of “mumming” and “guising”. People would disguise themselves and go door-to-door, asking for food. Early costumes were usually disguised, often woven out of straw, and sometimes people wore costumes to perform in plays or skits.

The practice may also be related to the medieval custom of “souling” in Britain and Ireland. Poor people would knock on doors on Hallowmas (Nov. 1), asking for food in exchange for prayers for the dead. Halloween is still celebrated in parts of the UK such as Scotland, as well as parts of Ireland, and involves fortune-telling and lighting bonfires.

Halloween, pranks and horror movies

Pranks have long been a part of the holiday. Starting late 1800s, the tradition of playing tricks on Halloween was well established. The pranks included tipping over outhouses, opening farmers’ gates, and egging houses. But sadly the acts of vandalism got more serious.

Some people believe that because pranking was starting to get dangerous and out of hand, parents and town leaders began to encourage dressing up and trick-or-treating as a safe alternative to doing pranks.

Halloween wasn’t widely celebrated in the United States until the 19th century, which saw an influx of immigrants from Scotland and Ireland. Halloween in America involves plenty of trick-or-treating, spooky costumes, and pumpkin carving.

Another tradition on Halloween is watching scary movies. People just love the thrill of fear on a spooky night such as Halloween.

The best scary movies to watch on Halloween:

  • Halloween
  • Friday the 13th
  • Trick ‘r Treat
  • Poltergeist
  • Freddy Krüger
  • Scream
  • Us
  • The Amityville Horror
  • Conjuring
  • Insidious
  • The ring
  • Shining
  • Hush
  • Carrie
  • The Invitation
  • The Purge


Every Kid is getting excited about Halloween. Every child is looking forward to Halloween. It’s also fun to dress up. To be the superhero or the princess for a day. Or astronaut, magician, or whatever you want to be. So why do you want to take that away from a child? Exactly, you don’t. It is ridiculous that all of a sudden they make Halloween racial. You do not believe me, here are the facts.

A Seattle Public Schools elementary school has canceled its Halloween parade, saying the event has historically marginalized students of color who don’t celebrate the holiday.

Approximately 15% of the school is considered low-income, according to the nonprofit GreatSchools. Couldn’t the school address the issue effectively? Assuming low-income students don’t celebrate Halloween as administrators seem to believe, couldn’t there be costume-making activities? Perhaps request costumes be donated or maybe use donations to buy some costumes for the kids in need? What about using face paint for students for Halloween designs?

I can’t get over this absurd notion that Black students, or students of color more generally, don’t celebrate Halloween. They can’t actually believe that. It sounds like an excuse a wealthy woke white lady would give after assuming Black families couldn’t afford the expensive, gender-neutral costume she forced her son to wear. Canceling Halloween and placing a BLM lawn sign on their perfectly manicured lawn is about all she’s done to advance the cause she pretends to be passionate about.


Let your Kids be Kids just for one day. Let them have some fun, in a time where everything is already restricted because of a Virus.

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