Celebrating Halloween in the US

Happy Halloween

Halloween, as it’s known today, can be traced all the way to the ancient Celtics end of the harvest festival of Samhain when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off evil spirits. Later in the 8th century, November 1st was declared All Saints’ Day, or All Hallows, and the night before –October 31st–All Hallows’ Eve.  

In the United States, Halloween is celebrated on a scale that may be unheard of in other countries. Consumers are expected to spend a record $10.14 billion on Halloween this year, up from $8.05 billion in 2020.  

The custom in the US is for everyone to dress up in a costume, from a favorite superhero, princess, movie character, athlete, cartoon, only limited by imagination.  

In addition to Halloween parties, the most common way to celebrate is trick-or-treating. Dressed in costume, people go door to door saying “trick or treat” in exchange for candy and other treats.  

While there are many ways to celebrate Halloween, here are four of the most popular Halloween traditions in the US: 

1. Dressing up in costume to go trick or treating

Kids Trick-or-Treating in Halloween Costumes

2. Carving pumpkins to create Jack-o-lanterns

Carving Halloween Pumpkins

3. Going to theme park attractions decked out for Halloween

Halloween at Theme Parks

4. Visiting haunted houses where you pay money to get people to scare you on purpose.

Scary Mummy

Whatever you decide to do on Halloween to celebrate, avoid the tricks, enjoy the treats, and stay safe! 


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