Halloween

Halloween is said to have pagan roots, but it is a funny celebration. Trick-or-treating is a usual celebration on Halloween. Children go from house to house, asking for candy or money:

“Trick or treat?”

The word “trick” means “to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. Children perform some sort of trick, i.e. sings a song or tells a ghost story, to earn their treats. The pumpkin is used at Halloween. It is easy to carve. Subsequently, pumpkins have become universally available for this purpose. The American tradition of carving pumpkins is recorded in 1837.

Black and orange are the holiday’s traditional colors. Halloween costumes are traditionally made after monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. Over the last decades the costume selection has included characters from fiction, celebrities, and generic archetypes such as ninjas and princesses. Halloween costume parties generally take place on or around October the 31st, often on the Friday or Saturday before Halloween. At such parties they often tell one another ghost stories and watch horror films.

What you haven’t known: Helloween

Halloween’s origins

The witch in Helloween

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Candy apples, caramel or taffy apples are made by rolling whole apples in sticky sugar syrup, sometimes followed by rolling them in nuts.


Halloween short stories for kids

1. The Haunted House

Bob the dog has run off into a big, old, scary house. Can the children find Bob?

Download the story “The Haunted House

2. The Magic Spell

Billy and Tom are playing. They’re pretending to be wizards and they are making a magic spell. Will the magic spell work?

Download the story “The Magic Spell

3. Dark, Dark Wood

There are strange things in the dark, dark wood! Click on the cats to find out what is hidden in the dark, dark house!

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