reation directors help plan the party, but the young people themselves take charge of the entertainment and the decorations — a necessary part of halloween. dried corn stalks, pumpkin faces, and piles of apples create the harvest atmosphere; and cutouts of witches on their brooms, goblins, ghosts and black cats symbolize the witchcraft aspect of the holiday. the freshments — apple cider, popcorn and pumpkin pie, and witches made of spicy ginger cookies — also carry out both themes.
there is an occasional adult halloween dance in a bright orange and black setting, with paper-made black cats, witches and grinning skeletons floating above the dance floor. but halloween has become mainly a young people‘s holiday — and the younger the child the more exciting he finds it.
Halloween is an autumn holiday that Americans celebrate every year. It means “holy evening，” and it comes every October 31， the evening before All Saints‘ Day. However， it is not really a church holiday， it is a holiday for children mainly.
Every autumn， when the vegetables are ready to eat， children pick large orange pumpkins. Then they cut faces in the pumpkins and put a burning candle inside. It looks as if there were a person looking out of the pumpkin! These lights are called jack-o’-lanterns， which means “Jack of the lantern”.
The children also put on strange masks and frightening costumes every Halloween. Some children paint their faces to look like monsters. Then they carry boxes or bags from house to house. Every time they come to a new house， they say， “Trick or treat! Money or eat!” The grown-ups put treat-money or candy in their bags.
when the harvest moon rises on october 31, little hobgoblins, spooky ghosts, ghoulish witches and gremlins — their young faces hidden behind grotesque masks — will go forth to frighten friends and neighbors and to threaten them with "trick or treat ".
halloween (aii hallows eve) as the name implies, is a nighttime holiday, the one night in the year when the child's world turns to pure fantasy. children take all the lead parts while parents and other adults play the supporting roles. encouraged by teachers and merchants and the remembrance of the good time they had the earlier year, children (from 3 to 11 years old) start preparing their costumes and halloween decorations weeks ahead. although parents help the children very much prepare the costumes, on halloween they must pretend to be frightened by the masked visions that suddenly appear. there will be little witches in long black dresses with tall-pointed hats and magic broomsticks to carry them over the rooftops — to a neighbor's house in the next block. ghosts in sheets run with tell-tale sneakers and half socks showing; and terrible pirates with skull and cross-bones painted on their three-cornered hats. some carry jack-o'-lanterns but all carry bags or unicef boxes marked "trick or treat", which fill up very fast.
is to make lanterns from pumpkins, called "jack-o-lanterns". first, the inside of the pumpkin is removed. then, a face is cut into the pumpkin, traditionally a smiling, devil face. finally a candle is placed inside, and the lantern is put at the front of the house to keep evil spirits away.万圣节前夜的众所周知的传统用南瓜做成灯，叫“杰克灯”。，把南瓜内里掏空。然后在南瓜上切出一张面貌，凡是是一张笑眯眯的妖怪面目。最后，在内里放上一只蜡烛，然后把南瓜灯屋子前面用来吓跑那些邪恶的鬼魂。
besides pumpkin cutting, "apple-bobbing" is another popular game. several apples are put floating in water in a big bucket. children have their hands tied behind their backs. they have to try to pick the apples out of the water using only their mouths. of course, people get very wet and it is very funny to watch.除了切南瓜，“叼苹果”很风行的游戏。把几只苹果洪流桶内里飘浮着。孩子们的手被绑在背后。只能用嘴巴把苹果从水里叼。虽然了，人们会全都湿淋淋的，光看着就很有趣。
TINY ghost-like dolls hang from trees, big plastic spiders sit on rooftops and bloody plastic hands reach out from gravestones…Are you ready for the scariest night of the year? 树上处处悬挂着鬼魅小玩偶，屋顶盘踞着庞大的塑料蜘蛛，墓穴里伸出一双血淋淋的塑胶手……一年之中最可怕的夜晚到来了，你好了吗?