Halloween In Canada: The Way They Celebrate It In The Great White North

Modern-day Halloween in Canada is marked by scary decorations, fun and spooky costumes, and trick-or-treating. Here’s a glimpse into what goes on at Halloween. In Canada, trick-or-treaters visited homes on Halloween to ask for two things: candy and spare change. The candy was quickly disposed of, but the spare change went to supporting children in need around the world. The iconic UNICEF orange coin collection boxes were very much a part of Canada’s trick-or-treating history, until 2006 when UNICEF moved to an online donation system. On average, Canadians continue to donate $3 million every Halloween.

In his book, Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night, Nicholas Rogers writes that as Irish immigrants settled in urban North America, they would dress up for Halloween as part of humorous re-enactments. Newspaper reports refer to the sight of fairies and witches, while as early as 1874, Halloween masks were on sale in Kingston, Ontario. Grocery stores were quick to spot an opportunity, and sold a variety of seasonal nuts. An 1897 advertisement located by Mr Rogers refers to chocolates, creams, and gumdrops all on special offer to mark the occasion.

And while ‘guising’, or Halloween mischief, originated east of the Atlantic, it is Canada that lays claim to the earliest recorded usage of the phrase “trick or treat”. In 1927, a newspaper article in Alberta reported that pranksters were visiting houses demanding either a “trick or treat”. The tradition of pumpkins continues, however sometimes Canada’s wildlife can intervene. In 2014, residents of Banff, Alberta, were advised to take their pumpkins indoors, because a grizzly bear had been entering local gardens searching for food. It was feared the grizzly would arrive at people’s homes, because the desire to fatten up before the winter would make the pumpkins too irresistible. Trick or treat, indeed.

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN: Eleven Fun Things To Do On Halloween

Decorate cookies or cupcakes : It’s not Halloween without an abundance of sweets, right? Gather your kids, invite over neighbors, or host a bunch of your friends for a night of decking out cookies or cupcakes (or both!) with icing spiderwebs, candy corn graveyards, and marshmallow ghosts. Keep it outdoors and/or masked if your group includes both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

Paint (or Carve) Pumpkins : It’s never too late to decorate pumpkins—even on Halloween night. If you’re stuck inside (or prefer to stay inside), spend the spookiest night of the year trying some no-carve pumpkin ideas. Kids love it, and it’s way less messy than carving pumpkins.

Host a Wine and Candy Tasting Party : Oh, yes, you read that correctly. We know exactly which wines to pair with which classic Halloween candies, and you’re going to want to invite over some friends for a very serious, very sophisticated wine-and-candy tasting, fit for a sommelier (well, maybe).

Have a Halloween Movie Marathon : Whatever your pleasure—funny, nostalgic, or absolutely bone-chilling—Halloween movies on Netflix are definitely in order if you’re staying in this October 31.

…or Go to the Movies : No need to watch a scary or festive movie if you’re not interested. You might just want to get away from the Halloween mayhem altogether—in which case, head to the movies (we might suggest a drive-in this year). Plus, even if you’re not a Halloween fanatic, you can still take advantage of the annual excuse to enjoy gobs of candy at the theater.

Curl Up With a Scary Book : On your own this Halloween? Set the mood by lighting a bunch of candles, grabbing a glass of mulled wine or hard cider, and curling up with a blanket and spooky page-turner. Need book recommendations? Here are a few of our favorite psychological thrillers and mysteries to inspire your Halloween read.

Mix Up Some Halloween Cocktails : Who says Halloween can’t be for the grownups? You may be living on your own now and wondering how to celebrate Halloween last-minute, right from your own house or apartment. Invite your pals over (or set up a virtual happy hour) and whip up a batch of Halloween-themed cocktails everyone will love. (They’re perfect for sipping on while the kids decorate cookies and pumpkins, too!)

Make S’mores : There’s nothing like toasting marshmallows over an open fire on a cold, October night (read: s’mores aren’t just for summer campfires!). If you and your family aren’t all sugared out by the end of the night, this iconic fall activity is the perfect thing to do on Halloween. No campfire handy? You can easily make s’mores in your oven.

Hand Out Candy to Other Trick-or-Treaters : You can still get in on the trick-or-treating action if you’re not going door to door yourself. Make sure you’re stocked up on Halloween candy and pass out goodies to the little neighborhood ghosts and goblins who ring your doorbell.

Have a Game Night : Whether you’re with the kids or adult friends, game night is always a good idea—but especially on Halloween. It could be as simple as playing a favorite board game, word game, or card game, but you could also hop on the Fright Night train and host your own Murder Mystery game night or plan a spooky scavenger hunt around the house, backyard, or neighborhood.

Costume Fashion Show : If you and the kids can’t make it around the block to trick-or-treat this year, let them wear their costumes at home anyway to keep the Halloween festivities alive. (We even have ideas for Halloween costumes with masks if you’re celebrating with a small group at someone’s home.) Set up a Halloween costume fashion show right in the living room or yard so your kids still get to show off their outfits, take photos, and get in the spirit.

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man is a 1943 American horror film directed by Roy William Neill. The film stars Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolf Man and Bela Lugosi as Frankenstein’s monster. This was the first of a series of later called “monster rallies” combining characters from several film series. This film’s script written by Curt Siodmak follows The Ghost of Frankenstein, and The Wolf Man. The film involves Larry Talbot who is brought back to life. Seeking a way to return to his death to escape his werewolf curse, he meets with gypsy Maleva (Maria Ouspenskaya) who advises him that the only way to stay dead is to confer with Dr. Frankenstein. The doctor is long dead but his equipment is in working condition, leading Talbot to seek the help of scientist Dr. Mannering (Patric Knowles) and Frankenstein descendant Baroness Elsa Frankenstein (Ilona Massey). Talbot then attempts to have his life sucked from his body and transferred into Frankenstein’s monster (Bela Lugosi).

Leicester City 0 Arsenal 2

Arsenal continued their recent resurgence with a comfortable Premier League win over Leicester City at King Power Stadium. The visitors capitalised on a lacklustre start from the hosts to dominate the early exchanges and were rewarded with a two-goal lead inside 20 minutes. Gabriel put the Gunners in front, climbing above several static Leicester defenders to head in from Bukayo Saka’s corner, while Emile Smith Rowe picked his spot when the ball broke to him after good work from Saka and Alexandre Lacazette.

Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale also produced several fine saves as Mikel Arteta’s side showed defensive resolve to record a seventh league game without defeat. They climb from 10th to fifth in the table, level on points with fourth-placed West Ham, before Saturday’s other fixtures. It was a disappointing afternoon for Leicester who remain in mid-table. Brendan Rodgers’ side were roared on by an enthusiastic home crowd but struggled to find the rhythm and poise that helped them to successive victories over Manchester United and Brentford.

James Maddison’s curling free-kick just before the break brought an excellent save from Ramsdale but despite a significant improvement after the break they were unable to claw themselves back into the contest. After starting the campaign with three consecutive defeats, which included a dismal display at Manchester City, Arsenal are beginning to look like a well-oiled machine. Their fifth victory in seven matches has propelled them into the mix for European places and ensured any pressure on Arteta has eased.

This performance followed the template laid out against Aston Villa just over a week ago, with the Gunners setting a tempo that the hosts struggled to deal with early on. Nuno Tavares charged forward from left-back while the likes of Saka, Smith Rowe and Thomas Partey largely controlled midfield. England winger Saka was particularly impressive, dancing through the home defence within two minutes to almost lay on a chance for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and then contributing to both goals. Arsenal’s resilience is also likely to have pleased their Spanish boss, with Ramsdale key to that.

Does India Celebrate Halloween?

Although this fascinating festival is mostly celebrated in countries like the United States, Ireland, Canada, England, New Zealand, and Australia it hasn’t found a big imprint on the Indian sub-continent for so long. Even as the craze of the festival is now quickly rising in various regions of India, it is still a very, very minor event when compared to the major festivals of the nation. Still now, a huge section of the population thinks it is something that was created from horror movies.

Globalization & multi-national companies/BPOs in India have made some changes to that thought. Just like New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day, Halloween is now also gaining special attention in India. Especially the people of the metro cities like Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai celebrate Halloween with much enthusiasm. In these cities, pubs and hotels offer scary theme parties to attract customers. Here, its craze is high, especially among the youth. In my city Kochi, there are a few BPOs that do conduct small events with face painting and costume wearing at the offices.

Due to the association of violent and horror images of this festival India also faced criticism about celebrating this festival. A couple of reasons given against celebrating Halloween in India are:

  • According to the Indian mindset, it is not a tradition to indulge in the celebration of the departed souls and saints by highlighting horror and ghosts. Even if it is done on a lighter note and fun way, as in Halloween.
  • Indian traditions perceive remembrance by fasting or prayer and charity in the specific period. The tradition to commemorate the departed souls with festivity doesn’t go well with them.

Some year down the line, Halloween will hook the Indian public and we will celebrate it with the pomp and splendor that this awesome festival deserves. Until, then the small pockets of society will continue to dress up and don face paint in their offices and select pubs.

Top 10 Halloween Costumes For 2021

For those who love dressing up in costumes on Halloween, the biggest regret would be if there are many other people who have the same costume idea as them. Every year there are new ideas launched for outfits but the old favourites still reign. The top 10 Halloween costumes this year include some iconic horror movie characters and some inspired by popular films of the past year. Yet, the most popular costume of them all? A witch!

Horror icons from movies, superheroes, action stars, scifi characters will always be big but the other character-inspired costumes in the top 10 include Cruella de Vil, who most recently portrayed by Emma Stone in the self-title movie released in May, and Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, who appeared in the role for the third time in this year’s “The Suicide Squad.”

The full top 10 for 2021 Halloween costumes:

  1. Witch
  2. Rabbit
  3. Dinosaur
  4. Spider-Man
  5. Cruella de Vil
  6. Fairy
  7. Harley Quinn
  8. Cowboy
  9. Clown
  10. Chucky

McDonald’s Chunky Chipotle American Chicken Burger

McDonald’s India turns 25 this year and the brand is giving its consumers, one more reason to celebrate this milestone! After 25 years of serving favourites like McAloo Tikki, Maharaja Mac, McSpicy, Mc Veggie & McChicken, Westlife Development Ltd led McDonald’s (West & South India), has unveiled a new range of indulgent Gourmet Burgers. This Chef’s special range consists of unique and generously sized, scrumptious burgers with signature McDonald’s touches to add some more favorites to your list.

The Chunky Chipotle American Chicken Burger: Double flame-grilled chunky Chicken patties, smeared with a Roasted Chipotle sauce, Cheese, Red Onions, Jalapeno and a delish salad layered between freshly toasted Quarter Pound Buns. This is the one that I have tried so far. It’s actually better than their usual menu items, especially their patties tasted & looked more delicious. I really liked this burger and would hope they continue to keep it on their menu.

Sherlock Holmes – The Complete Novels & Stories 1&2 By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

My latest purchase is a book from Amazon India, Sherlock Holmes – The Complete Novels & Stories 1&2. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gave us an icon for the ages in his character Sherlock Holmes, the world’s greatest detective. Doyle’s ultimate collection of Homes & Watson adventures is a must have for readers.

A master of all literary genres, his memorable creation is the invincible sleuth Sherlock Holmes whom the readers are introduced to in his first novel, A Study in Scarlet (1887). Such was the charisma of this Great Detective that when the author decided to kill Holmes in ‘His Last Bow’ (1893), he was compelled to bring Holmes back after vociferous demands from readers. A two-volume com- pendium, Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels & Stories 1 comprises some of the significant adventures of the iconoclastic detective—‘The Adventure of the Speckled Band,’ ‘The Musgrave Ritual,’ ‘A Scandal in Bohemia,’ and ‘The Five Orange Pips’ among others. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes adds another dimension to this comprehensive collection. 

I remember a few years ago, 2012 I think, my sister & brother-in-law went to Turkey on vacation for a week and they asked me if I could come a couple of evenings to their apartment and look in on Barfi their pug. My sister’s dad & mom live in the same building and when I wasn’t there, the pug would stay with them. So I went a few times and took him from their 5th floor apartment and go up to my sister’s 9th floor. I would play with him and feed him and then take him for a quick walk.

My sister & brother-in-law are strict no tv people, as in no cable tv. They have internet and laptops and tabs for the kids. So while I was there I had to find ways to keep myself entertained. I saw in their book collection a similar book of Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories. I loved reading the stories earlier on in life and likewise loved reading it at night with Barfi at my side. For some reason I was reminded of that time and decided to buy this set from Amazon. It will be good reading!

The 10 Most Common Phobia Around The World

As it is the spookiest time of the years, I was wondering – phobias are surprisingly common, but what exactly do people fear the most? Are there any phobias that tend to be more common than others? The following phobias are ten of the most common objects or situations that lead to marked fear and symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, and breathlessness. In some cases, these symptoms escalate into a full-blown panic attack.

Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders and other arachnids. The sight of a spider can trigger a fear response, but in some cases, simply an image of an arachnid or the thought of a spider can lead to feelings of overwhelming fear and panic. So why are so many people terrified of arachnids? While there are an estimated 35,000 different spider species, only around a dozen pose any type of real threat to humans.

Ophidiophobia is the fear of snakes. This phobia is quite common and often attributed to evolutionary causes, personal experiences, or cultural influences. Some suggest that since snakes are sometimes poisonous, our ancestors who avoided such dangers were more likely to survive and pass down their genes.

Acrophobia, or the fear of heights, impacts more than 6% of people. This fear can lead to anxiety attacks and avoidance of high places. People who suffer from this phobia may go to great lengths to avoid high places such as bridges, towers, or tall buildings.

Aerophobia, or the fear of flying, affects between 10% and 40% of U.S. adults despite the fact that airplane accidents are actually very uncommon. Around 1 out of every 3 people have some level of fear of flying. Some of the common symptoms associated with this phobia include trembling, rapid heartbeat, and feeling disoriented.

Cynophobia, or the fear of dogs, is often associated with specific personal experiences such as being bitten by a dog during childhood. Such events can be quite traumatic and can lead to fear responses that last well into adulthood. This particular phobia can be quite common.

Astraphobia is a fear of thunder and lightning. People with this phobia experience overwhelming feelings of fear when they encounter such weather-related phenomena. Symptoms of astraphobia are often similar to those of other phobias and include shaking, rapid heart rate, and increased respiration.

Trypanophobia is the fear of injections, a condition that can sometimes cause people to avoid medical treatments and doctors. Like many phobias, this fear often goes untreated because people avoid the triggering object and situation. Estimates suggest that as many as 20% to 30% of adults are affected by this type of phobia.

Social phobia involves the fear of social situations and can be quite debilitating. In many cases, these phobias can become so severe that people avoid events, places, and people who are likely to trigger an anxiety attack.

Agoraphobia involves a fear of being alone in a situation or place where escape may be difficult. This type of phobia may include the fear of crowded areas, open spaces, or situations that are likely to trigger a panic attack. People will begin avoiding these trigger events, sometimes to the point that they cease leaving their home entirely.

Mysophobia, or the excessive fear of germs and dirt, can lead people to engage in extreme cleaning, compulsive hand-washing, and even avoidance of things or situations perceived as dirty. In some instances, this phobia may be related to obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Arsenal 2 Leeds United 0

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says Eddie Nketiah has a future at the club after he scored to help the Gunners see off Leeds United and reach the Carabao Cup quarter-finals. Substitute Calum Chambers’ header crept over the line seconds after he came off the bench, before former Leeds loanee Nketiah pounced to wrap up the tie. The forward cleverly flicked the ball over a stranded Illan Meslier and just did enough to nudge it over the line before the visiting keeper could recover. Leeds had looked the more threatening side until the first goal in an open and entertaining game against a much-changed Arsenal side at Emirates Stadium.

But Arteta’s outfit were comfortable after establishing their lead as the visitors became stretched looking for a way back into the game, with Nketiah impressing. The 22-year-old, who was linked with a move to Crystal Palace in the summer, was making only his second appearance this term and is out of contract at the end of the season. Arsenal, hoping to win the competition for first time since 1993, will find out their last-eight opponents in Saturday’s draw. VAR may not have been in use but Arsenal’s opener still felt like it took an age to register as all eyes were fixed on referee Andre Marriner to see whether the ball had crossed the line. The official glanced at his watch, gave the signal that Chambers’ header had squeezed in despite the best efforts of goalkeeper Meslier and the hosts’ delayed celebrations began.

Chambers ran to embrace Arsenal’s set-piece coach Nicolas Jover, who told the substitute he would score with his first touch of the ball while he was waiting to come on. Jover was proved correct, just 23 seconds after Chambers entered the field as a replacement for ÂŁ50m defender Ben White, who had limped off moments earlier. Arteta said afterwards White was suffering from a bug, having been one of just two players to keep their place following Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa last Friday, the other being the lively Emile Smith Rowe. The Arsenal boss called on those coming into the starting XI to use their minutes wisely and young forward Nketiah did that by continuing his prolific form in the competition.

The forward grabbed his seventh goal in eight EFL Cup appearances, two of those coming while on loan at Leeds, when he reacted to a mix up in the visitors’ defence to score the second. Arteta has already tasted success at Arsenal, winning the FA Cup as a player and coach, and the recent signs are encouraging for the Spaniard as his side made it eight games without defeat. Leeds have not won away against Arsenal since 2003 at Highbury and that wait goes on, but they were buoyed by a vocal travelling support and enjoyed the best of the first half. Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno had to get down quickly to palm Jack Harrison’s fierce half-volley away and Daniel James proved a constant threat, but Bielsa’s focus now returns to the Premier League and a trip to Norwich City on Sunday.

Halloween Celebrations & Traditions In The UK

In Scotland and the Isle of Man, Halloween’s Celtic roots are honored through Samhain celebrations. While Americans don’t usually emphasize Halloween’s Celtic roots, the holiday’s ancient, Pagan forebear ? Samhain ? is still celebrated in Scotland and on the Isle of Man, one of the British Channel Islands, as well as Northern Ireland and Ireland. Meaning “summer’s end,” Samhain (which takes place from October 31 to November 1) marks the end of the harvest season and symbolizes the divide between the world of the living and the world of the dead. Samhain celebrations feature rituals such as bonfires and dancing.

Guy Fawkes Day (also known as Guy Fawkes Night and Bonfire Night) has historically been more significant than Halloween in the UK. Celebrated with parades, bonfires, and fireworks on November 5 ? you might be familiar with the rhyme “Remember, remember the fifth of November” ? Guy Fawkes Day commemorates the failed Gunpowder Plot. The scheme, orchestrated by Roman Catholics in 1605, was an attempt to blow up Parliament in response to King James I’s refusal to expand the religious freedom of Catholics. The commercialized, American version of Halloween, however, is also taking off.

Brits tend to wear more traditional Halloween costumes, dressing up as ghosts, zombies, and other fearsome creatures. In the UK, they tend to stick to the more traditional horror-inspired ghost/vampire/zombie/Frankenstein/ghoul costumes. It’s rare for people in the UK to put up an excessive amount of Halloween decorations. Some Halloween treats are exclusive to the US, while others are only available in the UK.

For instance, in a video posted by YouTube user Raphael Gomes it seems candy corn and pumpkin spice cotton candy aren’t a thing across the pond. But spooky sweets like NestlĂ© Milkybar Ghosts and Cadbury Pumpkin Patch Cakes are sold seasonally in the UK. Going door to door for candy is not as big a deal in the UK. Additionally, Brits might be more inclined to eat Halloween candy themselves rather than distribute it to kids. Dating to the middle ages, guising ? a shortening of disguising ? refers to the tradition of dressing kids in old clothes and having them mimic evil spirits on Halloween (known then as the Eve of All Saints Day or All Hallows Eve).

Going from house to house, they would be given offerings for warding off evil. Today in Scotland, children still go guising. But they’re expected to show off a talent (like singing or reciting a poem) in order to receive a treat. In Derry, the second-largest city in Northern Ireland, people celebrate Halloween with a four-day-long event called the Banks of the Foyle Carnival. The festivities include a haunted house, a parade, and more. A 2015 USA Today readers’ poll named Derry the best place in the world to celebrate Halloween.

Pumpkins are synonymous with autumn, and it’s hard to think of Halloween without picturing a glowing jack-o’-lantern. People in some parts of the UK, however, make lanterns from other root vegetables ? namely, rutabagas or turnips. The practice can possibly be traced to an Irish legend about a man named Jack who was cursed to wander the Earth by the light of a turnip lantern.

5 Weird Laws In Malaysia

1. Naming babies after fruits, colours or even Japanese cars : According to Section 16 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1957, the Registrar has the authority to object to a name if it does not comply with the National Registration Department’s set guidelines. Restrictions are placed on names that include colours, animals, fruits, vegetables, natural elements, numbers, food and even adjectives.

2. Jaywalking : Jaywalking is banned in Malaysia although it has essentially become a part of our lives to conjure up the power of the hand and stop massive flows of traffic mid-stream. However, according to the law, crossing a street without the help of a zebra crossing or a pedestrian bridge is in fact illegal. Failure to uphold this law as stated in Section 45 of the Road Transport Act 1999 could lead to a minimum fine of RM30 and a maximum fine that reaches a mountainous RM500. Interestingly, jaywalking is also banned in many other countries – the US, Canada, Singapore, Spain, Poland, Slovenia and Australia.

3. Throwing a ring into a river : From throwing someone else’s ring into a river to melting an ice-house, these strange scenarios are considered acts of mischief in Malaysian law. Word for word, – if “A introduces water into an ice-house belonging to Z, and thus causes the ice to melt, intending wrongful loss to Z. A has committed mischief.” Found under Acts of Mischief in Penal Code 425, ring throwers and ice melters will be fined if found that their mischievous acts were fuelled on mal intent.

4. Acts of public indecency : Couples should think twice this Valentine’s Day before displaying excessive acts of public affection. Under Section 294(a) of the Penal Code, indecently acting and annoying others in public places like parks, streets and even theatres could have you fined or imprisoned for three months. Put into action back in 2006, a couple was charged and found guilty in court after acting “disorderly” in a public park. Their crime? They were passionately kissing and hugging under a tree.

5. RM100 fine when your dog chases a stranger : You’re in a public park (gosh what is up with parks) and Fluffy, your dog suddenly runs loose from her leash and decides to playfully chase a stranger – well unfortunately both you and Fluffy have now committed a crime. According to Act 336, “Dogs running at persons” is an actual law where dog owners will be held accountable and fined RM100 if their dog is caught chasing a stranger.

RIP James Michael Tyler AKA Gunter From FRIENDS

James Michael Tyler, the actor best known for his role as Gunther, the general manager of the Central Perk coffee shop on “Friends,” died Sunday of cancer, his manager said. He was 59. Tyler, who was diagnosed with an advanced form of prostate cancer in September 2018, became an advocate for others with the disease, his manager, Toni Benson, said in a statement. Tyler’s “Friends” costars paid tribute to the actor late Sunday on social media.

Tyler was initially intended to play an extra on “Friends,” but his “unique spirit” got him promoted to a named character, the hit show’s co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane said in a tribute on Sunday to the “genuinely kind, sweet man.” In “Friends,” Tyler played Gunther, who makes the gang coffee every day while nursing an unrequited crush on Rachel, played by Jennifer Aniston.  This led to a ten-year career with appearances in 148 of Friends‘ 236 episodes; he is the show’s most-frequently-appearing recurring character actor. He also appeared in “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and other TV movies and shows.

The actor appeared in the highly-anticipated “Friends” reunion in May 2021 via video link. He chose not to attend in person because he “didn’t want to bring a downer on it,” but had enjoyed the opportunity to “make his appearance light-hearted” and connect with the cast and crew again, who were supportive of his diagnosis, he told NBC’s Craig Melvin in June. While he was undergoing treatment, Tyler starred in two short films, “The Gesture and the Word” and “Processing,” Benson said. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Carno, whom Benson called, “the love of his life, ever united in good times, in sickness, and for eternity.”

DĂ­a de los Muertos – Day Of The Dead

Halloween, celebrated annually on October 31, is one of the world’s oldest holidays. Although it’s derived from ancient festivals and religious rituals,  Halloween is still widely celebrated today in a number of countries around the globe. In countries such as Ireland, Canada and the United States, traditions include costume parties, trick-or-treating, pranks and games. Versions of the holiday are celebrated elsewhere, too. In Mexico and other Latin American countries, DĂ­a de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—honors deceased loved ones and ancestors.

In Mexico, Latin America and Spain, All Souls’ Day, which takes place on November 2, is commemorated with a three-day celebration that begins on the evening of October 31. The celebration is designed to honor the dead who, it is believed, return to their earthly homes on Halloween. Many families construct an altar to the dead in their homes to honor deceased relatives and decorate it with candy, flowers, photographs, samples of the deceased’s favorite foods and drinks, and fresh water. Often, a wash basin and towel are left out so that the spirit can wash before indulging in the feast.

Candles and incense are burned to help the deceased find the way home. Relatives also tidy the gravesites of their departed family members. This can include snipping weeds, making repairs, and painting. The grave is then decorated with flowers, wreaths, or paper streamers. On November 2, relatives gather at the gravesite to picnic and reminisce. Some gatherings even include tequila and a mariachi band.

Godzilla VS Kong (2021)

Godzilla vs. Kong is a 2021 American monster film directed by Adam Wingard. A sequel to Kong: Skull Island (2017) and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), it is the fourth film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse. It is also the 36th film in the Godzilla franchise, the 12th film in the King Kong  franchise, and the fourth Godzilla film to be completely produced by a Hollywood studio. The film stars Alexander SkarsgĂ„rd, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza GonzĂĄlez, Julian Dennison, Lance Reddick, Kyle Chandler, and DemiĂĄn Bichir. In the film, Kong clashes with Godzilla as humans lure the ape into the Hollow Earth to retrieve a power source for a secret weapon to stop Godzilla’s mysterious rampages.

After being delayed from a November 2020 release date due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Godzilla vs. Kong was theatrically released internationally on March 24, 2021, and in the United States on March 31, where it was also released on HBO Max simultaneously. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for the visual effects and action sequences, but criticism towards the human characters. It broke several pandemic box office records, and grossed over $467.8 million worldwide, against a production budget between $155–200 million and a break-even point of $330 million, making it the fifth highest-grossing film of 2021.