Although Halloween, which is celebrated in the United States on October 31st every year, is a well-known holiday, Americans have different opinions regarding the traditions and celebrations. Although most Americans enjoy the celebrations, some people don’t participate. Participants may gather to share food and drinks amongst the festivities, often in an area with a campfire. Talks may also include tales about the deceased or ghost stories. However, thanks to the advent of film and other media, celebrants can now choose horror films. Numerous celebrants have also been known to participate in fortune telling and matchmaking. Children also participate in the Halloween festivities by wearing the Halloween costumes and playing the treat or trick games with adults, where they ask adults for pleasantries such as candies or threaten to cause malice on the adults by subjecting them to undesirable challenges, which they must perform (Kelly, & Riach, 2020). (Kelly, & Riach, 2020). However, the most important part of these celebrations are the costumes worn by celebrants. Most of them will be representations or supernatural animals.
Although the festivities may seem like a common practice for celebrants, many don’t realize that Halloween was originally created by the Celts to celebrate the passage between winter and summer. Americans adopted this tradition when they interacted with the Celts after their relocation. The Celts had fled to drought-stricken areas and were forced from their homes by Rome. Although the Catholic Church had recognized these festivals, its popes also instituted All Saints Day on 1stNovember and All souls Day 2ndNovember to correspond with honoring the Celts’ departed souls. Some people who are unfamiliar with Halloween celebrations may claim that wearing gothic costumes to commemorate the dead and putting on Halloween decorations is cultic. Americans must be culturally sensitive to those not celebrating Halloween.