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The term Halloween is shortened from All Hallows Eve as it is the eve of « All Hallows` Day», which is also known as All Saints` Day.
Halloween customs date back to a time when people believed in devils, witches and ghosts.
In the past this festival was a time of fear. People believed in ghosts and witches and they stayed at home. At Halloween the ghosts of the dead and all the witches of the world rode in the sky on their broomsticks.
People invite their relatives and friends to the parties and send invitation cards, like this:
A favorite Halloween custom is to make a jack -o- lantern.
Jack-o-lanterns may be different : funny, nice, scary.
Children dress up as witches, ghosts, devils, cats or bats. Some people wear masks. At the parties both adults and children have fun, they play different merry games.
Some children follow the American custom called Trick or Treat. It is a special game at Halloween. Children go from house to house and say: “Give us a treat or we'll play a trick on you”. The grown-ups must give them a treat: some fruit, sweets, cakes or money.