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Halloween is a holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and other countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and, increasingly, other parts of the world. Here's an overview of Halloween:
- Origins: Halloween has its roots in the Celtic holiday called Samhain, which marked the end of summer and the beginning of winter in ancient Ireland. It was believed that on this date, the world of the living and the world of the dead became more permeable.
- Date: Halloween is celebrated on October 31.
- Costumes: One of the most iconic traditions of Halloween is the wearing of costumes. Children and adults alike dress up as fictional characters, monsters, celebrities, or anything they like.
- Decorations: Homes and yards are decorated with spooky themes, including carved pumpkins (called "jack-o'-lanterns"), cobwebs, skeletons, and dim lights.
- Trick or Treat: Children dress up in costumes and go door to door asking for candy with the phrase "trick or treat." If they are not given candy, they can get into mischief, although this is less common today.
- Pumpkins: Pumpkins are carved to create jack-o'-lanterns. A candle is placed inside to illuminate them.
- Horror Movies and Books: Halloween is a popular time to watch horror movies, read scary books, and tell ghost stories.
- Parties and events: Many people organize Halloween parties with games, music and themed food. There are also public events, such as haunted houses and horror mazes.
- Religious customs: For some people, Halloween has religious connotations and is an eve of the Christian holiday of All Saints' Day, which is celebrated on November 1.
- Themed Food: On Halloween, it's common to serve themed food and drinks, such as pumpkin pies, candy apples, and drinks with spooky names.
In short, Halloween is a playful and colorful holiday that combines ancient traditions with modern elements, focused on fun, mystery and creativity, where people can express their love of the supernatural and the fantastic.