- Halloween is celebrated on 31st October. This isn’t a public holiday in Britain.
- Halloween is also sometimes called All Hallows' Eve, All Hallowtide and can also be written Hallowe’en.
- Halloween colours are orange and black. Orange is related to harvests because the end of October is the end of the harvest (the time when fruit and vegetables are collected). Black is related to death.
... are pumpkins with the inside removed and a nose, eyes and mouth cut into one side. A candle is placed inside the empty pumpkin and the light creates a scary face effect. In the past people used potatoes or turnips to make lanterns but nowadays pumpkins are more popular. People use pumpkin lanterns to decorate their homes at Halloween. Pumpkin soup and pumpkin curry are very popular meals at this time of year.
To play this game you need lots of apples placed in a big bowl of water. The competitors have to take a bite from one of the apples without using their hands. To make this more difficult, the competitors have their eyes covered with a scarf. You are not allowed to use the sides of the bowl to help you bite the apple.
People of all ages dress up as witches, vampires, ghosts, skeletons, zombies or monsters on Halloween. You can buy a costume from a shop or you can make your own costume at home. It’s easy to make a ghost costume from an old white sheet or wear black clothes to look like a witch. You can even cover your face in bright red tomato ketchup to look like a vampire!
Trick or treating
Children dress up and then visit the houses in their neighbourhood asking for a ‘trick or treat’. The neighbour gives them sweets or money as a ‘treat’. If there is no treat, the children play a trick on the neighbour, for example they might throw soap at the window. This custom is imported from the USA and is more popular with young people than with adults.