Halloween Traditions

Milla Ridener, Student Life Journalist

  Halloween is coming up, it’s time to decide what the plans are:  egging people’s houses, trick or treating, or going to a haunted house? In America, people started dressing up for this holiday around the mid-1800s. Our students at Edgewood High School usually don’t dress up but that doesn’t mean people can’t celebrate Halloween.

 Students at Edgewood were asked what their go-to costumes were as kids and responses ranged from cats, princesses, Shaggy, zombies, and Indiana Jones. Yearly Halloween traditions tend to change through childhood to adulthood Some of the older students like Sharese Spearman or Anna Bungler said they were planning on going to parties, and scaring kids and Sharese even told one of her yearly traditions was “Egging people’s houses with friends”.

  Most of the kids that say they aren’t going to any parties say that they are going to stay in and watch scary movies, Tatiana Carroll says “I’m not invited to any parties, I’m probably staying in and watching scary movies with my mom” The most popular Halloween movies among Edgewood students are Screams, Nightmare before Christmas or Coraline. Anna Bunger says “Nightmare before Christmas is my favorite movie of all time, it reminds me of when I was a kid.” People say watching these are nostalgic for them. Food also seems to be a big part of everyone’s Halloween from Halloween candy to several people saying they “Bake the pumpkin seeds after carving pumpkins” Mr. Mallard said, “When I was little after we would carve pumpkins we would rinse the pumpkin seeds, pat them dry, bake them and sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar”. 

Most kids said they liked to bake cookies or make caramel apples, other Halloween-themed treats, or even just binging on candy. The majority of kids like Elijah Boggs say “carving pumpkins is a secret family tradition”.  Each family has its unique traditions but these are the most common.