Halloween, also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve or All Saints' Eve is annually celebrated on October 31 all over the world. The history of the holiday originated from the Celtic culture, particularly Samhain festival, and it is observed for more than 2,000 years.
Halloween was usually celebrated in the English-speaking countries, however, since the end of the twentieth century, the culture of the holiday began to conquer the rest of the world. The majority of the European and CIS countries as well as states closely related to the U.S. such as Japan, South Korea, Australia and others also began to celebrate it.
As many other holidays originated from the ancient times, this day possesses a number of the symbols and traditions. Particularly, the most famous symbol ever is jack-o'-lantern, the carved pumpkin. Initially, the face with the sinister smile was put on it, but nowadays, it became the place for the art, as people carve different characters, persons at it.
Another obligatory and famous feature of Halloween is trick-or-treating, the custom for children and adults, when they walk from house to house, knocking to each door and asking “Treat or trick”. Usually, they mean a candy or some sweets when they say “treat” and under the world “trick” they mean some mischiefs.
Also, people adore to model or buy costumes of different supernatural figures, characters and famous people. Recently, even the competitions for the best costume held during the holiday.
Talking about the usual food for this holiday, people use their imagination to the fullest and create “dark” and “mysterious” dishes for all tastes.
The last but not least important feature of Halloween is music associated with this holiday. Among the most important of the songs dedicated to this event are “This is Halloween” and “Monster Mash”.