Halloween Traditions

Whether it is trick-or-treating with younger siblings or hiding in the house watching scary movies and eating candy all night, there are many different and unique ways students at Red Mountain celebrate Halloween.

Halloween is the day people across the globe can dress up and be somebody they’re not and celebrate the festivities towards the end of the year. Halloween has been known as All-Hallows Eve, or All-Hallowmas, and is related to the celtic holiday Samhain. On Halloween families get together and celebrate the new weather, carving pumpkins, and for the more brave, going to haunted houses and watching scary movies.

“For Halloween I usually go to a party that my friend has every year,” sophomore Shaila Kostman said. “We just do normal stuff like watch scary movies and dress up to see who has the best costume, but it’s really fun.”

Halloween begins the more festive time of the year, leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is commonly seen as a holiday to celebrate and have fun, to prepare for the more courteous holidays of the year where families will give thanks and celebrate unified respect.

“When I was younger, I would go trick or treating with my friends for Halloween, but now we either stay in and watch movies or we pass out candy,” junior Natalie Jackson said.

Less daring students will celebrate by watching traditional Halloween movies and enjoying family traditions.

“My family listens to the same old songs each year, and we carve pumpkins and read stories to the kids. It’s actually a lot of fun,” junior Emma Nelson said.

(Featured photo depicts “Snap-Apple Night”, painted by Irish artist Daniel Maclise in 1833. It was inspired by a Halloween party he attended in Blarney, Ireland, in 1832.)