Most of us think of Halloween as a night of fun and games. Where we get to see little kids in cute outfits generally everyone has a license to let their hair down for an evening and enjoy the fun.
But this is a feast day with a long and varying history which goes back into the mists of time.
Nowadays, 31 counties acknowledge the night of All Hallows and none more than North America.
The USA has taken to Halloween in a big way. It is big for all who love to dress up. Grown women can dress as the Queen of England and take themselves shopping, men can dress as legions of nurses and (female) air stewards and of course the kids can trick or treat and live on a sugar high.
On occasion pop-up shops turn up for the season and then disappear, but there are others with grand hats moorpark ca who make this their best selling time.
The Castro in San Francisco has long held a heaving party on Castro St at Market St. You are guaranteed to see the best and the worst costumes. The sentiment is echoed in Toronto where there is a street party every year.
In 2017 Americans spent an unbelievable $9 billion on Halloween celebrations, more than was spent on Thanksgiving, and on Valentine’s Day (separately not together).
Of course, there’s Charlie Brown
Almost as fundamental as the candy is Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin. TV stations air the film for weeks in advance, which is helpful as it reminds us how to prepare for the upcoming fun-fest. In the words of Lucy Van Pelt: “A person should always choose a costume which is in direct contrast to her own personality.”