October 31st – Halloween in America

Halloween Background

Who celebrates Halloween?

Anyone! Though Halloween is thought to have religious roots, modern Americans–regardless of age–see it as a time to indulge in candy, spooky movies, and other fall fun.

How do Americans celebrate Halloween?

Carving pumpkins, putting up decorations, watching scary movies, dressing up, and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters on October 31st

It’s not trick-or-treating without a few tricks

What’s trick-or-treating?

Children dress up in costumes and visit houses in their neighborhood. When someone answers the door, the kids say “Trick or treat!” to receive a piece of candy…and sometimes a trick, as well.

What else is associated with Halloween?

Creepy characters: vampires, zombies, mummies, witches, ghosts, scarecrows, bats, Frankenstein’s monster

Fall activities: bobbing for apples, hayrides, costume parties, haunted houses

Popular Halloween Costumes

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Halloween Themed Movies

There’s no shortage of scary movies to scare your pants off at Halloween, or any other time of year. A movie doesn’t have to be about Halloween to be perfect for Halloween!

Halloween Themed Music

Some music is synonymous with Halloween. Songs like ‘Thriller’ and ‘Monster Mash’ can usually be heard during October, be it on the radio, in Halloween tv specials, or in commercials.

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