America is one of the countries where Halloween is celebrated with a blast. Children and adults alike go to costume parties and do some treat or tricking. Last year, I even saw teenagers wearing Sexy Halloween Costumes. But what is Halloween really?
I read that Halloween originated as a pagan festival in parts of Northern Europe, particularly around United Kingdom. In many European cultural traditions, Halloween is a time when magic is most powerful and spirits can make contact with the physical world. In Christian times, it became a celebration of the evening before All Saints’ Day. It was brought to the United States by immigrants from Scotland and Ireland. Some symbols associated with this celebration are skeletons, skulls, ghosts, spooks, gravestones, wizards and witches, spiders, black cats, bats and pumpkin. Until now, I am still wondering why pumpkin became a significant symbol of Halloween.
During this time, many children and adults dress up themselves in fancy costumes. Some celebrate this among families and friends and some holds large community parties. Kids usually bring along a pumpkin shape basket where they put in the candies they get from trick or treating.
Speaking of this, I have yet to ask my little girl what she wants to dress up with this coming Halloween. I have received several informal invitations already but I have yet to let the little princess decide where we are going since they are in the same date.