One of the most popular festivals in the USA is Halloween. On the 31st of October, adults and children often go to fancy dress parties. The supernatural is the theme of these horror parties, so Halloween costumes are traditionally modeled after supernatural figures such as vampires, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches and devils. Over time, the costume selection now has extended to include popular characters in fiction or celebrities. If you go to restaurants and clubs on this festival, you can also enjoy food and drink with a Halloween theme, watch horror films and listen to music with gothic rock bands.
Children often wear scary costumes to visit friends and neighbors. They knock on their neighbor’s doors to ask for sweets or try to trick them by yelling “Trick or Treat” when the doors open. Adults help children make pumpkin lanterns with candles, known as jack-o’-lanterns. Children often play traditional games on Halloween. Because the festival comes just after the apple harvest, apples are often used in these games. One of the games is Apple Bobbing in which a big bucket is filled with water and apples, and kids try to get an apple out of the water using their teeth instead of the hands.
There are numerous beliefs about Halloween. It is though that, for example, the candle in a Halloween lantern keeps evil away. If the candle goes out suddenly, a spirit is in the room. If you were born on 31st October, it is believed that you can see and talk to spirits.