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Halloween comes to America
When the beliefs and customs of various European ethnic groups and Native American Indians came together, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to appear. The neighbors told stories about the dead, told each other their fates, danced and sang.
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Colonial Halloween celebrations also featured tales of ghosts and all kinds of intrigues. By the mid-19th century, annual fall festivals were common, but Halloween was not yet celebrated everywhere in the country.
In the second half of the 19th century, America was inundated with new immigrants. These new immigrants, especially millions of Irish fleeing the Irish potato famine, helped popularize Halloween celebrations nationwide.
History of Trick or Treat
Borrowing European traditions, Americans began to dress in costumes and go home, asking for food or money – a practice that ultimately has become the tradition of “trick or treat.” Young women believed that on Halloween they could predict the name or appearance of their future husband by performing tricks with yarn, applesauce or mirrors.
In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to turn Halloween into a celebration more about the community and neighborhood parties than about ghosts, jokes, and witchcraft. Parties were dedicated to games, season products and festive costumes.
Newspapers and public figures recommended that parents remove something “frightening” or “grotesque” from Halloween celebrations.
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By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a secular, but socially-oriented holiday with parades and citywide parties as popular entertainment. Despite the best efforts of many schools and communities, at this time vandalism began to haunt some celebrations in many communities.
By the 1950s, city leaders had successfully curbed vandalism, and Halloween had turned into a celebration focused primarily on youth. Due to the large number of young children during the baby boom of the 1950s, parties moved from urban community centers to the classroom or home, where they would be easier to place.
Between 1920 and 1950, the centuries-old practice of stunt or treatment was restored. Trick or treat was a relatively inexpensive way for the entire community to share the celebration of Halloween. Theoretically, families could also prevent tricks by providing children in the neighborhood with small treats.
Thus a new American tradition was born, and it continues to grow. Today, Americans spend about $ 6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday after Christmas.
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Speaking of commercial success, scary Halloween movies have a long history of box office grossing. Classic Halloween movies include the Halloween franchise, based on the original 1978 movie by John Carpenter, featuring Donald Plessance, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Tony Moran. In Halloween, a boy named Michael Myers kills his 17-year-old sister and goes to jail only to escape as a teenager on Halloween night and track down his old home and new target.
Considered a classic horror film right up to its creepy soundtrack, it inspired 11 other franchise films and other “cutting films” such as “Scream,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street”.