While not an official holiday, the traditional October 31 Halloween celebration is much beloved by children in the
Today, the two most prevalent Halloween customs are costumes and "trick-or-treat."
While an estimated 36 million American youngsters dress up as “spooky” or supernatural characters—ghosts, witches, skeletons and the like—the purpose is not to promote the occult, but to collect candy.
The costumed children, usually accompanied by their parents (who often wait discreetly in the background) appear at their neighbors’ doors shouting "Trick or treat!" The neighbors, feigning fear of such
scary ghosts, vampires and zombies, quickly distribute the treats, so as
to avoid any possible "trick."
A third custom is the decoration of a pumpkin by scooping out the
inside, carving out a face and illuminating the result with a candle. Today, these “jacko’- lanterns” are purely decorative but they originated long ago in
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