Halloween – The Ultimate Fall Celebration
Boo! Halloween is right around the corner, and people around the world are in the mood for spooky season. Get your costumes ready, decorate your houses, and get ready for all the trick-or-treaters. There’s nothing quite as scary as a bunch of children dressed as Wonder Woman trying to get candy, right?
Because of its date during the height of the fall season, Halloween is a celebration of everything that makes Autumn so memorable: the changing colors of the fall foliage, apple and pumpkin flavored treats, hayrides, corn mazes, haunted houses and so much more. The history of the holiday dates back to the Celts on the British Isles, who celebrated the Autumn harvest and prayed for the souls of the dead. Over the centuries, this harvest festival adopted more and more traditions, eventually becoming the spooky night of dress-up that it is now. It’s also the perfect chance to curl up with friends and family to watch scary movies, so grab the popcorn!
Around the World
Many cities around the world – especially those with older, darker histories – have a strong appreciation for Halloween. London, Las Vegas and New Orleans all have lively celebrations. Of course, New York City does as well, but when you’re there, it’s hard to tell who is wearing a Halloween costume and who just dresses like that every day! However, Derry, a humble city in Northern Ireland, has the record for the largest Halloween parade in the world.
Salem – Halloween Capital of the U.S.
Though it is now a beloved holiday around the world, many people believe the birthplace of modern Halloween is Salem, Massachusetts. Every October, over 50,000 visitors make the trip up to this small colonial city to the north of Boston to absorb the spooky history of the area.
In the late 1600s, many residents of the town were accused of practicing witchcraft, resulting in the executions of 20 people. The fear of witches was so strong that it caused people to accuse their own family, friends and neighbors. There are many theories about how the city was swept up in this fever, but there is still some mystery left unanswered.
However, these days Salem is a fun, family-friendly place where everyone gets dressed up in their best costumes to walk the streets and take part in a wide variety of activities to mark the season. They also visit places like the Salem Witch Museum to learn about the scary history. Of course, it’s understandable if you don’t want to hear all that frightening stuff about witches and executions. If that’s the case, there’s still plenty to do in Salem, whether it’s the costume parade, visiting some of the local museums, or just enjoying the local restaurants and cafes.
However you spend Halloween 2018– whether you stay at home, go out trick-or-treating, or travel to experience the holiday in a new place – be safe and have a spooky time (but not too spooky).
As always, TakeTours.com is here and happy to help with all your travel needs. If you haven’t already, be sure to plan a trip to see the amazing fall foliage. If you miss your chance, you’ll have to wait until next year!