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Halloween

Halloween is celebrated on the night of October 31. The name is short for All Hallows' Evening i.e. All Hallows' Eve.

Origins

Origins lie in the ancient Celtic festival "Samhain"

Celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture

Ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped, Deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops.

Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or appease them.

Origins of trick-or-treating

Probably several origins, Samhain, St. Columb-Kill, Souling

Ideas for the perfect Halloween party

Decorations

Outdoor

Indoor

Games

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Food

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Drinks

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Music

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Costume contest

Halloween trivia

Potatoes and turnips were the original Jack-O-Lanterns. Irish children would carve and light them to use during the gatherings on Halloween.

Trick or treating had its roots in Europe. The custom known as "souling" dates back to the 9th century. On All Soul's Day which is November 2nd, the poor would walk through the villages and go door to door begging for food. They would be given "soul cakes" which is a type of pastry made from bread and currants. They would promise to pray for dead relatives in return for receiving the "soul cakes".

Halloween is the number two holiday in terms of commercial success. It's no surprise that Christmas is number one. Over four billion dollars is spent annually during the Halloween season. The majority of that money is spent on costumes, candy, parties, and decorations.

Approximately two billion dollars is spent annually on Halloween candy in the United States.

Illinois, California, New York, and Ohio produce more than 100 million pounds of pumpkins each year. These states are U.S. leaders in pumpkin growing.

The National Confectioners Association reports that 80 percent of adults in America give out candy to trick-or-treaters, and that 93 percent of children go trick-or-treating.

Halloween - The Movie (1978)

The character of Michael Myers was named after the European distributor of Carpenter's previous film, Assault on Precinct 13 as a kind of weird "thank you" for the film's overseas success.

The original script, titled "The Babysitter Murders", had the events take place over the space of several days. It was a budgetary decision to change the script to have everything happen on the same day (doing this reduced the number of costume changes and locations required) and it was decided that Halloween, the scariest night of the year, was the perfect night for this to happen.

This was voted the fifth scariest film of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

As the movie was actually shot in early spring in southern California (as opposed to Illinois in late October), the crew had to buy paper leaves from a decorator and paint them in the desired autumn colors, then scatter them in the filming locations.

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Trick-or-treat for UNICEF

Taking part in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is easy. It can be as simple as going door to door on Halloween with your collection boxes, or as creative as holding a pumpkin-carving contest with your class, friends or entire community. The fundraising kit has everything you need!

Families

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF with family, friends and neighbors, and help children to discover their own ability to make the world a better place for kids. Order the collection boxes you need for your children and their friends.

Teachers

Elementary school teachers! Be one of five teachers to win a trip overseas to experience UNICEF’s lifesaving work firsthand — plus a $1,000 cash grant for your classroom! Your personal experience with UNICEF's humanitarian work will enrich your classroom for years to come. First, order your kit today! Then, learn how to enter the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF School Challenge.

Clubs

Clubs, volunteer and faith-based organizations, and civic groups have been an essential part of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF since 1950. Make Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF a part of your group's activities this fall! Fundraising kits contain collection boxes, stickers and much more.