The Financial Times' resident cultural anthropologist (and derivative decoder) Gillian Tett is apparently living for awhile in the United States and she marvels at our Halloween:
Like Tett, I had no idea.
But I can share a few recent snapshots from (mostly) the 'burbs where Halloween flourishes:
We don't seem to know whether this is a harvest festival or a remembrance of the dead -- but much of its observance is decidedly cheerful.
The mere display of the orange autumn fruit -- yes, this squash is a fruit -- is mostly too tame, though they can be lovely.
Lawns sprout rising skeletons.
Some of our ghosts are ghoulish.
Others announce themselves cheerfully.
This shot is urban, spotted several weeks ago at dawn. Happy Halloween, wherever you live!.