Jack-o-lantern carved by YJI reporters Yelena Samofalova,
Mary Majerus-Collins and their friend, Jody Theriault
By Monica Blaze
– Houses are decorated in haunted decor, children trick-or-treat in their
neighborhoods, and ghosts and goblins walk the streets.
year, this is what Americans see as Halloween.
What started as a
Celtic tradition has changed into an Americanized holiday that is thrilling and
full of treats!
celebrated on Halloween is the distribution of candy from house to house in
each neighborhood, commonly known as trick-or-treating.
costumes – scary or not – go up to each doorstep and say the words,
“trick-or-treat” in hopes of getting a small candy treat. The implied message
is, hand over a treat and I won’t play a trick on you.
out candy, even if they aren’t worried about what the “trick” will be.
trick-or-treating, I have always received a treat. The people at some houses
even go to such extremes to pass out full-sized candy bars or donuts and cider.
haunted houses, corn mazes, and bonfires top their list of activities, but for
me, of all the things to do on Halloween, trick-or-treating ranks among the
on Halloween. It’s a fun holiday that anyone can celebrate!