A mass was held known as All Hallomas. The evening before All Saints' Day was known as All Hallows' Eve or All Halloween, and human sacrifices are not politically correct in our culture. However, trick-or-treating is widely accepted by many people in the United States. Children dress in costumes and put on masks going door to door shouting, "trick-or-treat." Other traditions include: storytelling, fortunetelling, and bobbing for apples. A jack-o-lantern is also customary during Halloween. A jack-o-lantern is a carved out pumpkin with a funny or scary face. Sometimes candles and lights are placed inside. In the mid-1900's, Halloween pranks became more dangerous and unpredictable. To avoid having tricks played on them, neighbors would give children treats such as candy, fruit, and pennies. Traffic accidents were also a problem on this day, alerting families to give parties and plan community activities instead.
Today, many cities sponsor events for Halloween to protect children and keep them off the streets. Here are some tips to consider for your children on Halloween: To prevent accidents, children should wear brightly colored costumes or attach reflecting tape on their costumes in order for motorists to see them. Masks can sometimes block vision, parents can, instead, use makeup to paint a mask on the child's face.
Children should visit homes in their own neighborhoods, and the younger ones be accompanied by an adult. Parents should also examine their children's bags, and allow them only to eat packaged candy. Most people do not believe in ghosts or goblins, but these spirits still remain symbols of Halloween.