By Levi Livengood
Halloween has been an American tradition for centuries, celebrated by everyone except the puritans, though the holiday has taken many forms. “Halloween” comes from the feasts of “All Hallows Eve”, a Catholic holiday and feast day celebrated on the eve of the Feast of All Saints.
The way Americans have celebrated the holiday has changed greatly over time. Originally, dressing up and trick-or-treating were not practiced, but that changed in the early 20th century as the holiday became more widespread. Now Halloween is unrecognizable to its earlier forms, retaining only a few ancient, celtic traditions: jack-o-lanterns, festival activities like apple-bobbing, and festival foods such as candy-apples.
The way the holiday is celebrated varies not just between countries and time periods, but also between people. Their experiences of the holiday are also equally divergent.
“I like to go trick-or-treating with my friends,” says Sophomore Roberto Estrada, “though I don’t go to parties because they are so small.
Trick-or-treating continues to be a very popular activity on Halloween, though everyone does their own unique things.
“I like to trick-or-treat, but I also like to make bags of candy to give out on Halloween,” says Andres Valdovinos, another Sophomore.
Some people have various different traditions that occur within their own families.
Faith Livengood continues, “We like to trade candy with each other.”
Sophomore Adrian Santiago says, “For the past five years, without exception, I have created DIY costumes. Every year I dress up as some food brand.”
Some people have unique stories to tell on Halloween as well.
Andres Valdovinos says that, “My mom was trick-or-treating with my sisters and I when we ran across some drunk people in the park. My mom brought them home with us to keep them safe. She had heard that giving drunk people bread makes them sober. When she did give them bread, they sobered right up.”