Halloween started as a Celtic festival thousands of years ago. For the Celtics, November the 1 st started a new year into the cold harsh winter. On October, 31 st , they celebrated the day of the dead and prepared for the harsh deathly months ahead.
Halloween to the US
Southern colonies began to merge beliefs with the Indians and then Halloween began to be celebrated. When immigrants from around the world flooded into the US in the 1800’s, they brought their traditions with them.
In the Caribbean, Halloween is largely un-celebrated. In some parts of British West Indies there are celebrations around Halloween where firecrackers are shot, people blow bamboo joints, and other similar activities.
Until recently, Malta has never seen Halloween. They celebrate with costume parties for teenagers and adults , but traditional Trick-or-Treating is rare.
The Isle of Man
The Manx celebrate Hop-tu-Naa on October 31 st . It is parallel to the Celtic tradition that was celebrated long ago.
Personalities with Halloween
(Vampires, Bats, etc.)
In the US traditions such as Trick-or-Treating are followed. Costume parties are held and other parties with activities including Hay Rides and Haunted Houses. Children often dress up and go around to get candy while Trick-or-Treating. Often families carve pumpkins into Jack-O-Lanterns. These are several traditions.