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article imagePhoto Essay: Halloween in York County, South Carolina Special

By Elizabeth Parker     Oct 31, 2013 in Lifestyle
'Twas the night before Halloween and all through the neighborhood the ghosts and the ghouls, the pirates and witches, scarecrows, zombies and pumpkins all quietly vowed for attention in a spooky orange glow or hiding in the dark.
Halloween in the United States comes from numerous ancient celebrations and different nationalities as is the nature of melting pot that made the country. Like many holidays in North America, many cultures and customs came together with bits from each to make the holiday what it is today.
Painted pumpkins.
Painted pumpkins.
Turnips were traditionally carved in Scotland and Ireland (according to Wikipedia). In North America pumpkins are used as they are native to the country and softer than turnips, making them easier to carve. Most people have a carved pumpkin or jack o'lantern on their doorsteps, but painting is also becoming popular.
Zombie babies playing in a yard.
Zombie babies playing in a yard.
No longer a religious holiday, Halloween is celebrated in fun with dressing up and decorating the yard.
Some one to watch over the graves when the trick or treaters arrive.
Some one to watch over the graves when the trick or treaters arrive.
Many people go all out building grave yards, hanging ghosts and lights, or lighting with orange glow lights.
Zombie baby on a slide.
Zombie baby on a slide.
The decorations are typically of ghosts, spirits, zombies and other creepy creatures, passed down in folklore to make the night scary for the children that will come around trick or treating, collecting candy.
Decorated for Halloween  spooky stuff.
Decorated for Halloween, spooky stuff.
Decorated for Halloween  spooky stuff.
Decorated for Halloween, spooky stuff.
Halloween lights similar to Christmas lights are becoming common. Many houses hang them at this time of year.
Happy Halloween lights and orange window lights are becoming popular.
Happy Halloween lights and orange window lights are becoming popular.
A walk around the neighborhood to see all the displays this time of year is fun.
Flight school anyone?  A graveyard school.
Flight school anyone? A graveyard school.
Some neighborhoods have parties for Halloween with hay rides and other fun for the kids.
A ghost for every grave.
A ghost for every grave.
It's a great time for the neighbors to get together and have fun with each other.
Graveyards and hanging ghosts are a favorite.
Graveyards and hanging ghosts are a favorite.
Seems here in York County we're ready for the onslaught of ghouls, goblins, witches and never ending famous characters that will brave the grave yards and spooky creatures to show up at doors everywhere tomorrow evening.
Decorated for Halloween  spooky stuff.
Decorated for Halloween, spooky stuff.
Zombie baby close up.
Zombie baby close up.
Creepy crawlers add to the Halloween mood.
Creepy crawlers add to the Halloween mood.
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