According to History.com, Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death.
Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
Trick-or-treating, is an activity for children on or around Halloween in which they proceed from house to house in costumes, asking for treats such as confectionery with the question, "Trick or treat?" The "trick" part of "trick or treat" is a threat to play a trick on the homeowner or his property if no treat is given. Trick-or-treating is one of the main traditions of Halloween. It has become socially expected that if one lives in a neighborhood with children one should purchase treats in preparation for trick-or-treaters.
In Ohio, Iowa, and Massachusetts, the night designated for Trick-or-treating is often referred to as Beggars Night.
Burger Lounge is getting in the Halloween spirit with free kids meals. On Halloween, kids 12 and under get the Kid's Lounge Meal of a small cheeseburger or chicken tenders, fries or salad and a soft drink for free. Visitburgerlounge.com for locations.
Participating IHOP restaurants are offering a free Scary Face Pancake on Halloween for children 12 and under from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The design-your-own Scary Face Pancake includes a large signature buttermilk pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose. It also comes with two mini Oreo cookies and candy corn so kids can decorate their own pancakes. Visit ihop.com for locations.
Popular costumes and party ideas for Halloween 2013
While current events and celebrities always play a big role in each year's Halloween trends, the National Retail Federation found that traditional costumes are the most popular with consumers.
"Minion costume" topped Google's list of trending Halloween-related searches in October, so you will likely see tons of children and adults dressed as the charmingly kooky creatures from the "Despicable Me" movies.
"Miley Cyrus costume" was the second most popular Google search, and also the fifth most-searched costume on Google Shopping.
If you are still wondering what the fox says, there will be plenty of party goers and trick-or-treaters dressed as the animal that you can ask. "Fox costume" was the third most popular search.
There’s also a new gang in town come Halloween, and it’s the one from “Duck Dynasty.” That’s right, many a trick-or-treater will be going as cast members from the reality show, according to both Google and Entertainment Weekly.
More than 5 million adults will wear witch costumes this year, according to an NRF survey, and many others will dress as vampires, zombies or pirates. Almost 8% of the survey participants said they are planning on dressing their pets this year, so look out for dogs dressed like pumpkins or hot dogs.
Halloween party themes
Looking for something different for a Halloween party? You've got all the cool halloween snacks and decorations downloaded to your pinterest account's Halloween board, but have you tried new ideas for themes? Check these out:
- Politcal party theme
- Everyone be sexy theme
- "Childhood fear" theme, where everyone dresses up as their most frightening characters from their childhood
- "People we've lost" theme, where everyone dresses up as a celebrity that has passed away recently.
- Around the World (dressing up in festive clothing from other countries)
- Bath Products (soap, loofa, shampoo)
Halloween party music playlist
If you require movin' and groovin' at your Halloween party and you're looking for something different than the traditional "Thriller" and "Monster Mash" played over 9,000 during the night, here are some song ideas:
- Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell (or DJ Tiesto version)
- "Runnin' With the Devil" - Van Halen
- "Highway to Hell" - AC/DC
- Superstition - Stevie Wonder
- Headless Horseman - Bing Crosby
- Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Osyter Cult
- Werewolf - Frantics
- Time Warp - The Rocky Horror Picture Show
- This is Halloween - The Citizens of Halloweentown (from The Nightmare Before Christmas)