Halloween season begins

Halloween had its beginnings in an ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of the dead. Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

A Halloween beverage, Grape Eyeball Punch, is shown in Concord, NH. ? Photo by AP
A Halloween beverage, Grape Eyeball Punch, is shown in Concord, NH. ? Photo by AP
People shop for pumpkins at Stribling Orchard in Markham, Virginia, October 6, 2012.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pumpkin prices are up 7 percent nationally over 2011 as consumers prepare for the upcoming Halloween and Thanksgiving seasons. ? Photo by Reuters
People shop for pumpkins at Stribling Orchard in Markham, Virginia, October 6, 2012. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pumpkin prices are up 7 percent nationally over 2011 as consumers prepare for the upcoming Halloween and Thanksgiving seasons. ? Photo by Reuters
Customers shop for pumpkins at Stribling Orchard in Markham, Virginia, October 6, 2012. Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films. ? Photo by Reuters
Customers shop for pumpkins at Stribling Orchard in Markham, Virginia, October 6, 2012. Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films. ? Photo by Reuters
Two-year-old Charles Kearley helps his parents shop for pumpkins at Stribling Orchard in Markham, Virginia, October 6, 2012. Halloween had its beginnings in an ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of the dead. ? Photo by Reuters
Two-year-old Charles Kearley helps his parents shop for pumpkins at Stribling Orchard in Markham, Virginia, October 6, 2012. Halloween had its beginnings in an ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of the dead. ? Photo by Reuters
Louie Davila searches for just the right pumpkin to be carved into a jack-o-lantern this Halloween at John Ackerman's pumpkin farm Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in Morton, Ill. Unlike other farmers this year, pumpkin growers have plenty to show during the nation's worst drought in decades, and the reason is pretty simple- pumpkins do well in dry weather. ? Photo by AP
Louie Davila searches for just the right pumpkin to be carved into a jack-o-lantern this Halloween at John Ackerman's pumpkin farm Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in Morton, Ill. Unlike other farmers this year, pumpkin growers have plenty to show during the nation's worst drought in decades, and the reason is pretty simple- pumpkins do well in dry weather. ? Photo by AP
Sophia Davila searches for the right pumpkin to be carved into a jack-o-lantern this Halloween at John Ackerman's pumpkin farm Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 in Morton, Ill. ? Photo by AP
Sophia Davila searches for the right pumpkin to be carved into a jack-o-lantern this Halloween at John Ackerman's pumpkin farm Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 in Morton, Ill. ? Photo by AP
Glasses of a Halloween beverage, Orange Haze, are served on a tray as shown in Concord, NH. ? Photo by AP
Glasses of a Halloween beverage, Orange Haze, are served on a tray as shown in Concord, NH. ? Photo by AP

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