In the beginning, an American version of Halloween started. “The first celebrations included “play parties.” Public events were held to celebrate the harvest, where neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other’s fortunes, dance, and sing.”
Also, Halloween festivities featured telling ghost stories and trouble making of all kinds. By the middle of the nineteenth century, although autumn festivities were common, Halloween was still not yet celebrated everywhere in the country.
Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, eventually that became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition. Some “young women believed on Halloween they could divine the name or appearance of their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings, or mirrors.”
“In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers than about ghosts, pranks and witchcraft.” In the turn of the century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the Halloween. The Parties focused on games, foods of the season and festive costumes.