What is the meaning of Halloween?
Halloween is an unofficial cultural holiday that is celebrated in the United States and other places in the world as well. The name Halloween comes from “All Hallows’ Eve”, and it is situated on the night before All Souls Day, which is on November 1. The day originates from ancient Celtic festivals and Gaelic traditions when people would celebrate the harvest as well as honoring the souls of dead people, often lighting bonfires and wearing scary costumes to ward off ghosts. Today, Halloween has evolved into a fun holiday often celebrated with family festivities.
When is Halloween?
Halloween falls every year on October 31.
How is Halloween Celebrated?
Halloween is often celebrated by children and adults who dress up in costumes and go to parties. Children often go trick-or-treating, which is simply a time when they knock on the doors of houses in the neighborhood and ask for a trick-or-treat. Usually, treats of candy are given and many people enjoy decorating their houses with scary themes such as skeletons, witches, or monsters.
Halloween incorporates many family activities, such as carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, wearing costumes, bobbing for apples, hosting parties, telling ghost stories, taking hay rides, and having a bonfire. Black and orange are often considered the best colors to wear and decorate with in honor of Halloween.
Which Stores Have Halloween Sales?
Some stores in the United States will hold sales for Halloween. This is particularly true for stores that sell home decorations, costumes, and candy. Home décor stores, such as Hobby Lobby, Target, Joann Fabrics, and Walmart will often offer percentages off for their products. Plus, Halloween costumes for children and adults may be placed on a discount right around the time of the holiday at stores such as Walmart, Target, and Party City. Grocery and other food stores may offer sale prices on candy and other treats that are purchased specifically for Halloween, such as candy corn, or individually wrapped candies that can be passed out to children who are trick-or-treating.