Jack-o-lantern carved by YJI reporters Yelena Samofalova,
Mary Majerus-Collins and their friend, Jody Theriault
By Monica Blaze
WIXOM, Michigan, U.S.A. – Houses are decorated in haunted decor, children trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods, and ghosts and goblins walk the streets.
On October 31 every 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!
One of the traditions celebrated on Halloween is the distribution of candy from house to house in each neighborhood, commonly known as trick-or-treating.
Children, dressed up in 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.
Generally, people hand out candy, even if they aren’t worried about what the “trick” will be.
In my 16 years of 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.
For some teenagers, 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 most fun.
There’s something for everyone on Halloween. It’s a fun holiday that anyone can celebrate!