It’s Time for Some Halloween Fun!
Now that fall is here, let the Halloween fun begin. It can be a day of fun for both the young and old alike. Halloween is also a holiday that is designed for parties. Spooky themes, fun costumes, and plenty of Halloween treats make it a good time for all ages.
History of Halloween
Halloween’s name is a shortening of All Hallows Eve, the day on which some believe all the bad spirits come out. Halloween was originally called All Hallows’ Eve, which means the evening before All Saints’ Day. Hallow is an Old English word for saint. This was shortened to Hallowe’en and finally to Halloween.
Halloween started out as a Celtic holiday known as Samhain, which celebrated the end of summer. The Celts believed that on the night of Samhain, the souls of the dead would come back to visit the living. Along with them, dark spirits like goblins and witches would also come out. Hence, fires would be lit to keep these dark spirits away. The Celts would dress in masks and costumes as part of the festivities. Also, food and lanterns were often left out as gifts for the dead.
Over time, these customs turned into the Halloween fun festivities that we know and enjoy today.
Halloween Fun Today
Halloween is a great family holiday and there are plenty of activities that the kids of all ages in your family can participate in. So, why not get out of the house and join in on the Halloween fun and festivities? Most cities will have plenty of options for Halloween fun in the month of October.
One of the most popular Halloween fun activities is trick-or-treating. But, if you are concerned about your kids heading out on their own on Halloween night, why not tag along? Don a costume yourself, and take the time to enjoy the scenery and everyone else’s costumes. You might even get some candy of your own!
Halloween Costume Parties
If you enjoy costumes, attend a costume party, or why not host your own Halloween fun filled party? This can be a great way for adults to have a more mature Halloween celebration, or just a fun way to allow the kids to enjoy their costumes a little longer.
Do you really want to get creeped out on Halloween? Then, consider taking a tour through a local haunted house. Most are designed to be gory and scary, so keep that in mind if there are little ones in your group. These attractions are usually quite popular, and are often open the entire month of October. If you don’t want to wait in line, consider visiting them earlier in the month.
Boo at the Zoo
Is there a zoo in your city? If so, check to see if yours offers any special events during the month of October. Usually taking place on the weekends, Boo at the Zoo often allows your kids to dress up in costumes, receive treats, visit their favorite animals, and participate in fun activities.
Halloween Fun Movie Night
Are you a movie buff? Some theaters set up all-night horror film festivals. They often feature select classics like the Rocky Horror Picture Show, as well as others. This can be great entertainment for those who plan on staying up all night. Alternatively, if you want to stay home, consider having your own movie night at home with your personal Halloween favorites.
Taking a haunted hayride is another traditional Halloween activity to consider. Often hosted by local farms, these after dark activities include a spooky hayride, bonfire, snacks and are usually appropriate for all age groups.
In conclusion, Halloween always offers plenty to do if you take time to do it. Because there are so many activities for the entire family to enjoy, take advantage of this time of year to make some great family Halloween memories!
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