Halloween is usually celebrated on October 31st, on the eve of All Saintâ€™s Day.
Different customs have continued in practice while by ancient traditions some believe that during this one evening, evil spirits are free for a time to do whatever mischief they please. Actually, on this day, witches do not really ride on their broomsticks, and ghosts, do not actually make people shiver, but it is fun for children to pretend that they do.
Halloween is related to an old festival of the Romans when they used to hold a big feast every first day of November, in honor of the goddess of fruit trees known as Pomona.
Tradition was observed through the centuries that the observance was also prevalent in England where the priests of ancient Britain, known as druids, used to hold an autumn festival during which ghosts and the dead were believed to come back and roam around the earth to visit their friends and play pranks on the living.
While waiting for their coming, people used to build big bonfires during the night to scare away the evil spirits and witches.
Later, the Christians observed another feast during the same night to take the place of a pagan feast. Much later the two feasts were merged into one grand universal celebration on October 31 known as Halloween.
In the United States, Halloween is one of the greatest occasions for children to have fun. Days earlier, they start preparing for the Halloween fun. They carve the famous Jack-o-Lantern to adorn their homes and put up decorations complete with costumes to make the occasion truly lively. Children usually put up a get together where the Halloween atmosphere truly prevails.
The children usually select a big orange pumpkin of the size and shape that would yield the greatest fun. One can make the pumpkin Jack-o-Lantern laughing, gloomy, or scary by choosing different patterns.
As the tradition evolved through the years, the celebration is enlivened as great fun is poked on people other than the celebrants themselves.
In the Philippines, Halloween fun is achieved by wearing scary costumes with horrible-looking masks.
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