The American holiday of Hallowe’en comes on the last day of October. It is one of those holidays where schools and businesses are not closed, and not everyone celebrates. However, if you want to join in the fun, I really encourage you.
If you’ve seen Hallowe’en, you think it’s all about costumes and parties. But where did it come from?
Originally, the holiday is a recognition of November 1 in the Christian church as All Saints Day. One of the meanings of “saint” is a friend or relative who has died before you. Hallowe’en comes on the evening before All Saints Day and is spelled with an apostrophe between the two E’s. “Hallowe’en” is an abbreviation of All Hallows Eve(ning).
In the United States, whether people do or don’t celebrate All Saints Day in church, they don’t usually think of Hallowe’en as a religious holiday. It is just a day for dressing up in costumes. Because the theme of the day was inspired by dead people, you will see lots of costumes related to death, for example, ghosts or skeletons. At school parties and later in the evening, children can be seen dressing up like their favorite superhero.
Adults often have competitions at parties to see who can dress up most creatively. Last year, my nephew and niece went to a costume party dressed up as the spokespeople for two national insurance companies, Flo and Mr. Mayhem. (NOTE: Flo is short for Florence. Mayhem means chaos, confusion, complete disorder.)
If you are someone who likes parties or likes to dress up, ask your American friends about what they do to celebrate Hallowe’en. Maybe they’ll invite you to a party!