Halloween, one of the world's oldest holidays, is celebrated all around the world in various forms. The White House was decked out today as the Obamas welcome local children and children of military families to trick or treat.
In other countries such as Indonesia revelers across the country celebrate Halloween the day before the Christian All Saints' Day, which honors the dead. In Mexico and other Latin American countries, Día de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—honors deceased loved ones and ancestors.
In countries such as Ireland, Canada and the United States, adults and children alike revel in the popular Halloween holiday, which derived from ancient festivals and religious rituals. Immigrants brought traditions to their U.S. cities.
The night before Halloween became Devils Night in cities like Detroit where young boys commited acts of vandalism including broken windows and fires. The disturbances were so upsetting to Victorian sensibilities that one early 1900's women's magazine writer came up with the idea of bribing the vandals with treats to buy their good behavior.
The tradition of trick-or-treating in costume trickwas born.