Halloween Customs Now

Halloween Customs now have been built on the Halloween traditions that have been handed down to us.  They are an amalgam of strands from all over Europe which have travelled around the world and back again.  This means that there is variety in plenty if you want to play a part in it.

Halloween is celebrated on the night of October 31st. There are Halloween parties and children (often accompanied by adults) going house to house trick or treating. This takes place in the US and in other parts of the world like the United Kingdom and Canada.

How Halloween is celebrated today goes back to the time when ancient pagans believed that October 31 is the day when the boundary between the living and the dead dissolves. Since the dead could cause harm to those who are living, people will go out into the streets wearing costumes and masks to ward off the evil spirits.

Halloween customs now are looked upon as so much fun.  Although we tend to believe that it is all a fun time of year for the children in fact many adults also enjoy the fun and games and the dressing up and the decorating of the houses, and so on.

Weeks before Halloween, people would go out and by costumes. The most saleable ones are the skeletons, ghosts, vampires, witches and devils. If you have the time, you can make your own costume based on a television show or movie.  Especially these days with Vampire Diaries and the Twilight Saga.

People in the Halloween spirit will also put up decorations in their homes like carved pumpkins, skeletons and candles.

Birthday in a Box Halloween 2010

During parties, aside from the food and drinks, several games are played. The most common is dunking or bobbing for apples in which applies that are floating in a tub or large basin are picked up by the participants using their teeth.

Another is to eat syrup coated scones that is hanging by a string. Again, you have to eat it without using your hands.

The favourite fruit during Halloween is the apple because it comes during the harvest season. You can eat it directly or have this mixed with sticky syrup and nuts. You can make trays of toffee apples – these tend to keep children busy for a while!

Other countries celebrate Halloween differently. In most Asian countries, the people put food and water as well as a lantern so those who have departed will have something to eat, drink and a lighted path as they travel the earth during Halloween night. In Czechoslovakia, chairs are placed by the fireside on Halloween night. Each chair represents a living member and those who have passed on. The Swedes simply give students a day-off and a shortened working day for the employees.

For most children and adults, Halloween customs now are simply to have fun with friends and family. They can go around getting candy by moving from one house to the next while the grown ups will go to a party where there is a lot of food and drinks.