In 1840, America was blessed with the festival of Halloween. Due to the potato famine, many Irish flocked to America for their survival. They introduced their famous Halloween celebration to Americans and Halloween is now the Americas 3rd most popular festival of the year. In America, every year Halloween is celebrated on 31st October.
It is said that a much alike festival as Halloween was already celebrated in South America. In South America, the Pagan death festival which was celebrated even before the origin of Halloween is somewhat similar to that of Halloween. As time passed, Halloween became popular and Americans started celebrating it as a national celebration rather than a religious ceremony.
Party America Halloween Decorations
Some of the popular American Halloween decorations have been mentioned.
Party America Halloween Jack-o-Lantern
The Irish used to carve turnips and beets as lanterns as they believed that by lighting the lanterns the souls of haunted ghosts and goblins would rest in peace. In America, Irish were unable to find turnips so they opted for pumpkins, as pumpkins were available in large numbers during Halloween time.
It is also said that pumpkins are used to scare the haunting spirits. Pumpkins carved with scary faces are popularly called as Jack-o-Lantern.
Party America Halloween Trick-or-Treat
It is believed by the North Americans that both the dead ancestors and the living beings come together and communicate during Halloween. It is said that if in case the dead ancestors play tricks on living beings, one must forgive them, and gift treats to them.
This is a traditional game popularly played by the American kids. They wear Halloween costumes and at night these kids visit to neighbors for trick-or-treat. Kids ask for treats to the homeowners. If they are not given the treats, they warn the homeowners that they will do some tricks on them.
Party America Halloween Costumes
The latest trend in America is of masquerade parties for a Halloween celebration. The most popular costumes for Halloween are that of popular TV stars, movie stars, superheroes, ghosts, witches, and pirates. Variety of costumes with masks and accessories are available in outlets and online. The following sample costumes are described as per the categories of kids, teens, and adults.
Kids Halloween Costumes
Teen Girls Costumes
Teen Boys Costumes