How Halloween Is Celebrated

How Halloween Is Celebrated
The ghouls and goblins are coming to get you. Witches rule and wizards stroll. Scary jack-o-lanterns sit outside doorways, adding to the festive charm. On All Hallows' Eve, the theme is horror. For a change, everybody wants to feel the icy cold chills from the supernatural world.

Each year on October 31, the day before All Saints' Day, the world wakes up to celebrate Halloween. Almost a month before Halloween, kids and adults get busy planning for the celebration. Costume parties are quite common, as you find kids and adults decking up in bizarre attire. Some enthusiasts enjoy a bonfire party where everyone shares a spooky tale and gets listeners quaking with fear.
Jean Baudrillard
There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Where there is no imagination there is no horror.

Bertrand Russell
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin, more even than death.

James Matthew Barrie
A house is never still in darkness to those who listen intently; there is a whispering in distant chambers, an unearthly hand presses the snib of the window, the latch rises. Ghosts were created when the first man awoke in the night.
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History of Halloween
Though Halloween is said to have Pagan origins, it also has religious Christian connotations. Some Christian groups organize prayers, fasting and church services on Halloween night.

The origin of Halloween is often linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain ("summer's end"). The Celts believed that they could communicate with departed souls as they prepared for a cold winter. People lit huge bonfires to ward off spirits.

Christian beliefs about All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2) also influenced the observance of Halloween. Some believed that the souls of the departed were at large until All Saints' Day. Halloween was the spirits' last chance to wreak vengeance on their mortal enemies. Christians disguised themselves in costumes and masks for this reason.

Halloween: The Grand Costume Party
Who are you going to be this year? Count Dracula? Spiderman? A zombie? Maybe even Morticia Adams from the Addams Family? Halloween is a great time to have some fun. Put on your thinking cap, and come up with some creative costume ideas. Halloween costume parties bring out the best out of people; this is your chance to showcase your creativity.
Chris Rock
Charlie Brown is the one person I identify with. C.B. is such a loser. He wasn't even the star of his own Halloween special.

Gwen Stefani
Being in a band you can wear whatever you want - it's like an excuse for Halloween everyday.

R. L. Stine
When I was a kid my family was really poor and I remember one Halloween I wanted to dress up really scary and my parents came home with a duck costume. I wore that costume for years! I hated it.
Themes for Halloween Parties
If it were not for the plethora of Halloween costume parties, most people would not even step out of their homes. However, the numerous invites to the coolest Halloween parties in town are enough to get even the laziest couch potato off his sofa. American actor Eddie Kaye Thomas, who was born on 31 October, once quipped, "Being born on Halloween, there's always a party. It's a convenient birthday because you don't really have to organize a party."

Themes from classic horror films add to the celebration. The decor includes bats, jack-o-lanterns, vampires, and witches -- all of them grinning ghoulishly at you. Cool Halloween sayings set the mood for the evening. The fruit punch is blood red. I have even seen mozzarella canapes that look like eyeballs. Some of the dishes may activate your gag reflex. But they are sure to pique your sense of humor, if you have a strong stomach.

How Kids Celebrate Halloween
Not everyone hits the party scene on All Hallows' Eve. Parents, for instance, are left running after their children. The thought of dressing up as their favorite cartoon, or most feared villain makes children look forward eagerly to the annual festival.

Enjoy Halloween with your kids. Celebrating Halloween with kids will not just be a fun experience, but also a great way to bond with them. And if your children want to see you in a costume, be a sport. Wear devil's horns on your head or a pirate eye patch to keep them happy. Relive your own childhood this All Hallows' Eve.
Matthew Broderick
My son wants to be Batman and he wants the Batman costume that comes in the mail. It has fake muscles in it, which is very disconcerting on a four-year-old.

Joel McHale
I loved New Jersey. I thought it was the greatest place in the world because on Halloween kids could start trick or treating right after school. Isn't that great?

Jack Prelutsky, The Troll, Nightmares - Poems to Trouble Your Sleep
His blood is black and boiling hot, he gurgles ghastly groans. He'll cook you in his dinner pot, your skin, your flesh, your bones.

Jack Prelutsky, Nightmares Poems to Trouble Your Sleep
She comes by night, in fearsome flight, in garments black as pitch, the queen of doom upon her broom, the wild and wicked witch.
Trick-or-Treat: Keep Your Candies Handy
A well-known Halloween quotation by Robert Brault highlights the stresses that adults face on Halloween. Brault said, "I don't know that there are real ghosts and goblins, but there are always more trick-or-treaters than neighborhood kids." Ask children what they like most about trick-or-treating, and they will probably echo the words of short story writer Steve Almond, "Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night." Trick-or-treat is not just a cultural experience, it is a game that kids and adults play to win.

Make sure that you stock up on Halloween-themed candy before the trick-or-treaters come knocking at your door. If you don't want the pranksters to trick you, keep the candy in candy pots outside your door.

Movies Add to the Magic of Halloween
Catch up with the latest horror movies on All Hallows' Eve on TV. The scarier, the better. Enjoy hair-raising horror flicks like The Shining, John Carpenter's Halloween, The Ring or that eternal classic, The Exorcist. Some of the dialogues are enough to set your spine tingling. One of my favorites is spoken by Mrs. Mills in The Others, "Sometimes the world of the living gets mixed up with the world of the dead." Read some spooky Halloween movie quotes.

If the Halloween mood is too morbid for you, lighten up with some funny Halloween sayings. Here is a funny quote made by famous American writer Kurt Vonnegut: "Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand."
Shaggy, Scooby-Doo
Hold on, man. We don't go anywhere with "scary," "spooky," "haunted," or "forbidden" in the title.

James Ferguson
Auld Daddy Darkness creeps frae his hole,
Black as a blackamoor, blin' as a mole....

Linus Van Pelt, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.

Lindsay Lohan
Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.

Lauren Springer
Sadly, Halloween, with our good-natured attempts to protect the little ones, from the increasingly dangerous traffic and the increasingly sick adults, has become and utter bore.

Dennis Yost and the Classics IV
Just like a ghost, you've been a-hauntin' my dreams, So I'll propose... on Halloween. Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you.

Loretta Lynn
We used to go around tipping outhouses over, or turning over corn shocks on Halloween.

Lindsey Wallace, Halloween
Trick or Treat. Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat. If you don't, I don't care. I'll pull down Annie's underwear!

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