How North Americans Celebrate Halloween

Today is Halloween, otherwise known as the best day of the year in North America. Well, at least I think so!

Every year on October 31st, North Americans, no matter what age, dress up in the scariest, sexiest, cutest and weirdest costumes you will ever see. Today is the only day of the year you can get away with walking down the street dressed up like a bloody vampire, and have nobody question you (unless you are in Toronto, then this happens a lot more often).

A popular tradition followed by North American children on Halloween is trick-or-treating. This is a fun game where the children dressed up in costumes and go from house to house asking “trick or treat?” While most neighbors tend to lean more towards giving treats, I did run into a magician or two during my childhood. The idea of trick-or-treat hails from the belief that one must be kind to the departed souls, or they will play a trick on the person. Some believe that the two worlds come closer during Halloween, which facilitate their communication with the ancestors.

Decorating the outside, and sometimes inside, of your house with cobwebs, tombstones, lights and Jack-o’-lanterns is also common today. Other festivities also include: carving faces into pumpkins (this is called a Jack-o’-Lantern), watching scary movies, eating a lot of candy and costume parties!

There comes a time when you start getting dirty looks from adults during trick-or-treating. This means that you are no longer a kid (tear), and you must celebrate Halloween in other ways. So, how do I celebrate Halloween each year as an “adult”? Watch the video and find out!

How are you celebrating Halloween?

Are you dressing up today? 

 

Kristen Sarah is a full-time traveller, tiny home owner and adventure junkie. She has one of the leading YouTube travel channels and is the head honcha of award-winning travel and lifestyle website, Hopscotch the Globe.

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5 Comments

  1. November 13, 2012 / 11:15 pm

    The best Halloween costumes these days seem to not be ghosts or witches or anything scary. They seem to be quite clever jokes about contemporary society or pop culture. I love how the holiday has evolved into a huge national dress up day – with lots of humour involved!
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    • kristenj
      November 15, 2012 / 6:43 pm

      I wish Halloween was everyday haha. I love dressing up. If Halloween your favourite holiday?

  2. November 6, 2012 / 2:35 pm

    I love how creative everyone got with their costumes. I never really get into Halloween myself, but I love seeing other people’s costumes.
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  3. October 31, 2012 / 2:25 pm

    I also love Halloween, especially in my home state of Florida. Due to the warmer climate it’s perfectly acceptable for everyone to walk around the crowded streets wearing almost nothing without a care in the world. It was a shock for my wife because she has only been in the U.S. for about a month now and didn’t expect to see so many people in thongs upon arrival to the U.S. but she loved Halloween nonetheless (she was the cutest, sexiest bunny I’ve ever seen :)). Happy Halloween Kristen!
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    • kristenj
      November 5, 2012 / 5:01 pm

      Hahaha aww you’re poor wife. Where is she from? Did she enjoy herself?

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