Symbols of Halloween

Most Halloween festivities are based on folk beliefs concerning supernatural forces and spirits of the dead. Halloween decorations typically feature imagery associated with supernatural beings such as witches, werewolves, vampires, and ghosts. Halloween, a time of magic, also became a day of divination, with a host of magical beliefs. Images thought to symbolize bad omens—such … Read more

Halloween costumes

Typical Halloween costumes have traditionally been monsters such as vampires, ghosts, witches, and devils. In recent years, it has become common for costumes to be based on themes other than traditional horror, such as dressing up as a character from a TV show or movie, or choosing a recognizable face from the public sphere, such … Read more

Halloween dishes and drinks

Whether you’re looking for Halloween cookies, scary good cakes, or savory pumpkin treats, we’ve got everything you need and more for parties and trick-or-treaters.Scrumptious treats and Halloween food ideas to delight little ghosts and ghouls. With these Halloween party food ideas, frightening on the outside still means delicious on the inside. Candy apples Because the … Read more

Halloween Games

There are several games traditionally associated with Halloween parties. Apple Ducking The most common is dooking or bobbing for apples, perhaps derived from the Roman celebration of Pomona. Apples were put into a barrel that had been filled to the brim with water and an individual would have to catch an apple by catching them … Read more

Trick or Treat

The main event of modern US-style Halloween is trick-or-treating, in which children dress up in costume disguises and go door-to-door in their neighborhood, ringing each doorbell. According to this custom, children greet each homeowner with the cry “Trick or Treat,” suggesting that some sort of prank will be played unless treats are provided. Formerly, trick-or-treaters … Read more

Halloween omens

Numerous folk customs connected with the pagan observances for the dead have survived to the present. The various activities traditional to Halloween are mostly associated with the idea of obtaining good fortune and foretelling the future. Samhain is a time for getting rid of weakness, as pagans once slaughtered weak animals which were unlikely to … Read more


The carved jack-o’-lantern, lit by a candle inside, is one of Halloween’s most prominent symbols. Many families that celebrate Halloween carve a pumpkin into a frightening or comical face and place it on their home’s doorstep after dark. Although there is a tradition in the British Isles of carving a lantern from a rutabaga, mangelwurzel, … Read more