Halloween is a holiday that has its traditions rooted in centuries old traditions. For example the tradition of dressing in costume on Halloween was a way of remembering and honoring recently departed loved ones. It was also a disguise used to ward or scare off sprits that temporarily crossed into the world of the living on Halloween. Jack O Lanterns are another Halloween tradition, in ancient and medieval Europe Jack O Lanterns were carved out of turnips or other gourds. Pumpkins were never used until the Pilgrims colonized the Americas. The tradition of going door to door and saying trick-or-treat has it’s origins in old European tradition of begging for soul cakes door to door (this was known as souling).
Other Halloween traditions include bobbing for apples, or eating candied or caramel apples off a fishing pole. Another holiday tradition popular among teens and adults is holding a sÃ©ance and using an Ouija board to receive message from spirits.