There are many Halloween traditions or games practiced during this holiday, some are based on customs that are as old as the 1800's, next are a few traditions that are practiced during this holiday:
On Halloween night kids go door to door asking for candies, this is call "trick-or-treat". This Halloween tradition is believed that started thanks to the Celtics that gave food to Samain, so he would be flexible while judging the dead.
Another tradition believed to be the origin of "trick-or-treat", is a practice from the 9th century in Europe. On November 2 poor people would knock door by door, asking for "soul cakes" (piece of bread with currants) in exchange of prayers to the souls of the relatives of the donors.
One more of the Halloween traditions is to carve lanterns out of pumpkins, better known as "Jack-o-lantern", the name comes from the legend of Jack:
"Jack was a drunk and trickster, one night he tricked Satan into climb a tree. Jack the carved a cross on the tree's trunk, this way he trapped the devil up in the tree. Then Jack made a deal with Satan, that he never would tempt him again,he would let him down the tree.
The story says that after Jack died, he could not get into Heaven for all of his evil ways when he was alive, but he could not get into Hell because he tricked the Devil. Satan only gave him a single ember to light his way through the darkness, Jack placed the ember inside of a hollowed-out turnip so it wold glow longer".
On Halloween night, on Scotland and Ireland, was one of the Halloween traditions for kids to dress up and go door to door asking for food or coins, this tradition started on 1895. On the present day, these costumes are based on supernatural figures or celebrities.
Another nice tradition is that UNICEF go out on the streets and ask for donations during Halloween, but during the 1950's schools banned the boxes from UNICEF, because they thought was a communist plot.
Play games are another of the Halloween traditions, some of these games are:
Beside the games, some people like to watch horror movies or visit attractions such as haunted houses,mazes or hayrides.
But Halloween is not celebrated only on the United States,some other countries around the world celebrate Halloween , or the dead with their own traditions, for example:
Also, Buddhists make "Boats of the Law" out of paper, that are burned during the evening, the meaning of this is to set free the spirits of the "Pretas" (spirits of the people whose bodies never were buried).
Another one of the Halloween traditions practiced is place turnips lanterns and throw to a bonfire bones and fruits to scare the spirits away.
To welcome them, families create an altar decorate it with the spirit's favorite foods and drinks, flowers, photographs, candles and incense. Also families get together and adorn the grave of their deceased and put flowers,also bring food, tequila and mariachi, and stay overnight at the graveyard.
In some villages, as one of their HAlloween traditions, people dress up as skeletons, also they put a living person inside of a coffin and parade while people throw flowers and fruit.One traditional food at home is eat "Pan de Muerto" (Bread of the Dead), or a skull made of sugar that is embossed with ones own names.
As you can see, there are many different Halloween traditions around the world, but the common point of all its to celebrate the return of the spirits of the loved ones to be together one more time.
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