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Customs and traditions of Halloween

Jack 'O Lanterns
It comes from Irish folklore. According to the tale, a man named Jack, who was notorious as a drunkard and trickster, tricked Satan into climbing a tree. Jack then carved an image of a cross in the tree's trunk, trapping the devil up the tree. Jack made a deal with the devil that, if he would never tempt him again, he would promise to let him down the tree. After his death, he was unable to enter heaven or hell, and was destined to roam the earth listlessly. Jack placed a piece of coal into a carved-out turnip and used it as a lantern to keep the evil spirits away. Later, the turnips were replaced with pumpkins.
Trick or Treat
Trick-or-treating is another Halloween tradition, in which costumed children go from house to house seeking for candies or other treats from their neighbors. Children dress up in costume and go door to door throughout their neighborhood on Halloween night collecting candy and food in the name of the ancestors. They knock on the door and as the door is opened they yell Trick or Treat and hold out their candy bags. If no candy or treats are given a mischievous trick can be played on the homeowner.
Bobbing for Apples
The actual roots of the game are still debated. According to some, the game comes from the Roman goddess Pomona, while others say that its roots can be traced to the Celtic Pagan religious festival Samhain, in which families used to gather for a community feast.

Apples are put into a barrel that had been filled to the brim with water and an individual would have to catch an apple by catching them in the mouth without using the hands. Once an apple had been caught, it was traditional to peel the apple and toss it over one's shoulder in the hope that the strips would fall into the shape of a letter. Whatever letter the peelings arranged into would be the first initial of the participant's true love. According to another superstition, the longer the peel, the longer the peeler's life would be. Some say that the first to get an apple would be the first to marry.


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