By Angel, Hector and Ximena
Halloween is a yearly holiday. The word Halloween was first used in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows'- that is, the night before All Hallows' Day. Halloween started in Ireland as a pagan holiday for people to celebrate the spirits of their ancestors. We think that it is celebrated because on that day you can remember those who died.
HALLOWEEN IN USA
Halloween is usually celebrated amongst family, friends and, sometimes, co-workers. However, some areas hold large community events. Halloween is celebrated on October 31.
Many children dress up in fancy costumes and visit other homes in the neighborhood. At each house, they demand sweets, snacks or a small gift. If they do not get this, they threaten to do some harm to the inhabitants of the house. This is known as playing 'trick-or-treat' and is supposed to happen in a friendly spirit, with no nasty or mean tricks being carried out.
There are some legends about halloween like:
"The 13th floor" which comes from a old haunted house. People were invited to the house on Halloween and they were asked to sign waivers to protect the owner from anything that might happen to them. The guests would then try to get to the 13th floor through a bunch of long hallways and staircases. Each floor would try to scare the guests more and more from reaching the next floor up. Those who left in fear of reaching the 13th floor were lucky, becaus anyone who had ever reached the 13th floor has never come out of the house to tell their story.