Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2020 will occur on Saturday, October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.
Trick or Treat
Borrowing from European traditions, people across the world began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition. Young women believed that on Halloween they could divine the name or appearance of their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings or mirrors. At the turn of the century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day. Parties focused on games, foods of the season and festive costumes.
Scary Halloween movies have a long history of being box office hits. Considered a classic horror film “Halloween” down to its spooky soundtrack, it inspired 11 other films in the franchise and other “slasher films” like Scream, Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13. More family-friendly Halloween movies include Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Beetlejuice. Back home, we’ve got the classics Bhoot, Raaz, 1920, Pari and the much-awaited Laxmi Bomb.
Spirit of Halloween
Halloween has always been a holiday filled with mystery, magic and superstition. Here’s some celebrity approved ideas to get you in the spirit of Halloween.
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