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Halloween is a celebration held on October 31st each year in many different countries around the world. The word Halloween or Hallowe’en comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve, the evening before All Hallows’ Day or All Saints’ Day. This Christian celebration honors all saints and is celebrated on November 1st, thus Halloween or All Hallow’s’ Eve is the day before that celebration. Modern celebrations of Halloween include dressing up in costumes, walking from house to house (known as trick-or-treating), and going to social events/parties. Another tradition is carving jack-o-lanterns, which are carved faces or designs on pumpkins, turnips, or other root vegetables. Named after the light that flickers over peat bogs, these carved vegetables have a light placed inside them so that they glow at night.
Count Dracula is a vampire often tied to Halloween. He is the creation of Irish author Bram Stoker, who published his magnum opus in 1897. Like other vampires, Dracula sustains himself by biting his victims and sucking their blood. He is also repulsed by garlic and crucifixes.
Stoker, D., & Barker, J. D. (2018, October 3). Bram Stoker claimed that parts of Dracula were real. Here's what we know about the story behind the novel. Time. https://time.com/5411826/bram-stoker-dracula-history/