Melanie Kibler

UNITED STATES – Have you just realised that today, October 31, is Halloween and you have no idea what to do?  Never fear, this is a crash course on all things Halloween.

Before we get to modern Halloween, we must go over the history of this holiday.  Originally it was celebrated by the Celtics, in their festival Samhain, where they would wear costumes and have bonfires to ward off evil spirits.

Later Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as All Saints Day and the evening became known as All Hallows Eve.  All Hallows Eve was brought to America by the first settlers.

In colonial New England Halloween was mostly a time to sit around the fire and tell ghost stories.  Later Americans borrowed from Irish and English traditions and started to “trick-or-treat”.

In the 1900s Halloween parties started to become a big thing.  All of these parts of history led to the creation of our modern Halloween.

Now that we have got the history portion of this holiday over, let’s talk about the important things: Halloween costumes, parties, and Trick-or-Treating.

One thing that makes Halloween, Halloween is all of the people dressing up in costumes.  There are always the classic costumes like dracula, Freddy Krueger, a werewolf, or a witch.

But this year there are quite a few costumes that you are bound to see all over the streets.  Some of the main costumes are Pennywise, the clown from IT, President Trump, and multiple super heroes and villains.

If you aren’t going out to get candy from strangers, you probably will be going to a party.  To make a party fun make sure that you dress up as something creepy and scare all your friends.  This is really the only way that parties are better than trick or treating.

If you aren’t “too old” then you are probably going trick or treating.  Some things to remember for trick or treating are that you dress warm, if your costume allows, don’t accept opened pieces of candy, and have fun!

These are all the main things that you need to know about Halloween, have lots of fun and stay safe out there.