is celebrated in America on 31 October. It is a time of ghosts and
or treat. Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat."
their houses with lots of small lights outdoors. They cut faces
in pumpkins and put candles in side. Some neighbourhoods look like
a fairyland. Children go around the neighbourhood knocking on doors
and saying ‘trick or treat’. The family must give them
sweets. If they don’t, the children play a trick on them!
did Halloween begin?
Halloween began thousands of years ago in Britain
and France. A group of people called the Celts used to live in Britain
and Northern France. The Celts believed that every year on the last
day of October, the souls of the dead visited the earth. Black cats,
evil spirits and magic were part of their celebration.
Later the Romans invaded and brought Pomona Day
with them. It was celebrated at the beginning of November. They
celebrated the gods that brought them food. Their celebration involved
nuts, apples and fresh food.
In the year 835 the Christians began celebrating
November 1 as a holiday to honour the dead. It was called All Hallows
Day. The customs from all these cultures mixed together. The people
celebrated All Hallows Eve on October 31st. This became known as