How Can We Celebrate?
Many houses, typically in America, decorate their homes with all manner of frightening and horrific decorations. This has also become more common in the UK as these decorations are more widely available. The merchandise ranges from paper chains to animated talking figures. Fake cobwebs and spider webs give an eerie feel, whilst snakes and rats will send a shiver down your spine. How about adorning your home with a few gravestones? Or perhaps maybe some rotting skulls will help to give it that haunted feeling.
No home would be complete without a carved pumpkin. In America they are known as Jack-O-Lanterns. Although they are abundant throughout October, no-one is really sure why or when people started to carve them. Once the pumpkin has been hollowed out a face can be carved into one side of it. For the more adventurous you can buy pumpkin carving kits which include various tools for carving as well as patterns ranging from very easy to extremely difficult. When you have completed the design that you have chosen, put a tea light inside and display outside once it is dark. This is a good indication that you are receptive to Trick or Treaters!
Well that's the house done and now time for you! First you need some suitable attire. Typical costumes include those of witches, ghosts, vampires, cats or characters from well known horror fiction. You can dress up as Dracula, Frankenstein or as a Mummy – but not the parent kind! Ghoulish masks or face paints are a must! Halloween costumes are available for all age ranges and even pets. If money is a problem, why not have a go at making one for yourself? These can be relatively inexpensive to make and can often look very effective. Glow in the dark paint can be applied to your costume to give a ghostly effect. In fact luminous paint can give really good definition to many of your decorations as well. Glow in the dark necklaces and bracelets can be worn to give that ethereal look.
Now you are ready to "Trick or Treat" – find yourself a responsible adult to accompany you and other assorted ghouls and don't forget a bag to collect all your treats in. The bigger the better! Once you knock on a neighbour's door, politely request a trick or treat. Treats normally come in the form of sweets or chocolate. If however they request a trick – then I will leave that to your imagination! If however, you are stuck for ideas a carton of eggs always comes in handy – just don't throw them at people your parents know!
Each year more Halloween costume parties are held – as popular with adults as children. Traditional games such as apple bobbing can be played. Another game involving apples involves tying them with string to tree branches and trying to take bites out of them as they swing. Also other well known party games can be played – perhaps you could give these a Halloween theme. For example, Pin the tail on the cat or turn a paper chase into a witch hunt. If you want something a little more gory try this game, fill several bowls with spaghetti, rice pudding, baked beans etc . Blindfold the children and tell them that they have to put their hands into the bowls and hunt for things that you have hidden in them. Tell them that the bowls contain things like brains (spaghetti), slime (rice pudding) etc. You can hide plastic spiders, eyeballs and rubber fingers and toes. They have to guess what they find – that's if they are brave enough to play!
Supermarkets stock a wide variety of novelty food or there are many ghoulish recipes available for party food. Let the children loose on those cup cakes with an icing gun – but make sure you have plenty of black, red and white icing.
Some schools will have a variety of activities including, colouring pictures, puzzles, word searches together with the wide range of interactive games on the internet. Ghosts, spiders and bats can be made from sugar paper and decorated. However, this date will not be celebrated in schools that have a deeply religious background.